On April 9, 2022, Pace Gallery (formerly known as Kayne Griffin) hosted its inaugural exhibition titled “For Esmé — with Love and Squalor,” by Julian Schnabel. You can view the show through May 21, 2022. Remember to confirm with gallery’s website for up-to-date covid protocols and guidelines – (proof of vaccination and masks MAY be required).

Installation view, Julian Schnabel: For Esmé — with Love and Squalor, Pace Gallery, Los Angeles, Apr 9 – May 21, 2022 © Julian Schnabel

Featuring 13 new velvet paintings and a large-scale bronze sculpture, the exhibition is titled after a short story by J.D. Salinger and manifests the need for optimism in the face of violence and despair.

Since the late 1970s, Schnabel’s experimental practice and use of unconventional materials has invented a new kind of painting. In 1990, at the time of the acquisition of Schnabel’s four paintings Los Patos del Buen Retiro for the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, then director María de Corral wrote, “…what really interests me is that nothing gives the impression of being fixed or closed off. Instead, all of the elements seem to be in a permanent state of flux and one’s perception of them is so arbitrary that all interpretations end up being equally valid.”

On view: Apr 9 – May 21, 2022

What:  “For Esmé — with Love and Squalor,” Julian Schnabel
Where: Pace Gallery, 1201 South La Brea Ave., LA, 90019
Website: https://www.pacegallery.com/