Schnabel Espresso Cups by illy
Schnabel's series of five
porcelain espresso cups and saucers for illy features his longtime inspiration,
the surfer-character Chuck. There are five espresso cups, each labeled for a
different weekday, and each sporting Chuck wearing a new expression. In keeping
with the surfer theme, the espresso collection package is shaped like a
New York-born Julian Schnabel is best known for
his leading role in the mid-1980's neo-expressionism movement, where bold,
emotionally-charged work contrasted with the minimalism dominant at the time. In
addition to his physical creations, Schnabel wrote and directed two films:
Basquiat (1996) and Before Night Falls (2000). His cup set joins illy Collection
Creations by James Rosenquist, Jeff Koons, Francis Ford Coppola, David Byrne and
other prominent artists.
Hailing from New York where
he was born in 1951, Julian Schnabel rose to prominence and wide public acclaim
as an artist in the eighties, becoming a leading figure of what was to be known
is not an artist to shun romanticism or heroism in his work. Not surprisingly,
after years of chilly, painting-scoffing minimalism and conceptual art, it
struck the public as highly innovative and emotionally charged.
his many works displaying other techniques, to the public at large he is
associated with painted broken plates and crockery stuck on large wooden boards,
his unmistakable trade-mark.
artist has turned out seven different drawings as his contribution to this new
illy collection. The subject is always Chuck, depicted in different moods and
with different expressions, one for each day of the week.
all about Chuck and his different feelings", Schnabel explains, as he reaches
for a canvas among the half dozen scattered about in his New York studio. "I
think they look a bit like magazine illustrations back in the fifties."
years now that Chuck, beach-boy and surfer, has become a source of inspiration
for Schnabel. It's not so much Chuck's looks that he finds intriguing, but his
life-style. It somehow goes beyond that of the usual "surfie" as is commonly
perceived. Or perhaps it doesn't and Chuck's the spitting image of the
enough, he's a modern-day hero, fearlessly rip-riding the waves. But he's also
the man who never forgets to don a life-preserver, and the figure he cuts in
this guise is so reminiscent of the marine style of seafaring tableware.