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Purple mixed media on polyester painting by Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel

Ascension IV, 2015

Inkjet print, ink, and spray paint on polyester

84h x 62 1/2w x 2d in

© Julian Schnabel; Photo by Argenis Apolinario; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Since spending the ‘70s and ‘80s alongside Andy Warhol, both at Interview and within the walls of the Factory, Bob Colacello has stuck mostly to writing—and done so under his birth name, even though Warhol suggested he go by Bob Cola. This year, though, Colacello’s taking his first stab at curating an art show, “The Age of Ambiguity: Abstract Figuration / Figurative Abstraction,” at Vito Schnabel Gallery in Switzerland, drawing on artists including Jeff Koons, Rashid Johnson, Sterling Ruby, Jonas Wood, and, of course, his old friends like Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, to explore what he’s come to regard as the current climate of uncertainty—”a time when everything is fluid and nothing concrete.” One thing’s for sure, though: Colacello’s passion for John Legend, which he let us in on with his culture diet ahead of the show’s opening later this month, here.

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