Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, 1987

Julian Schnabel, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France, 1987

In Mexico, Schnabel begins painting on tarpaulin, an olive-green waterproof material made of heavy cotton with vinyl paint, used especially in the army.

“The three Mexican paintings from ’85 are the first paintings I did on tarpaulins, this material that the army uses to cover things. I felt like I was really painting Mexico when I did them, and that the blood of this tradition of cruelty was coming up through my feet and was coming out in the paintings.” (Prato, p. 22)