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Jeffrey Deitch said to be planning Julian Schnabel retrospective at MOCA

December 3, 2010 | 11:13 am

Schnabel Everything that Jeffrey Deitch says seems calculated to make a splash. And so it was the case Thursday night when the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art reportedly said that he is planning a retrospective of the work of artist Julian Schnabel to debut in about two years.

Like the rest of the art world, Deitch and Schnabel were at the Art Basel Miami fair this week, rubbing elbows and catching up with old friends and colleagues. The news about the planned Schnabel retrospective has been posted on Twitter by various sources and was re-tweeted by MOCA, which has not responded to calls today for confirmation or details.

The two art-world giants recently worked together on MOCA's exhibition devoted to Dennis Hopper that ran this past summer, on which Schnabel served as a curator.

Schnabel -- known for his outsize personality and his trademark habit of wearing pajamas in public -- has been a staple of the New York art scene since the '70s, creating a name for himself with his large-scale works that feature broken plates. His work is in the permanent collections of many major international museums, including that of MOCA.

In recent years, Schnabel has been devoting much of his time to directing movies. His biggest cinematic success to date is 2007's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for best director. His new movie, "Miral," is scheduled to be released in the U.S. in 2011.

Earlier this year, Deitch announced that MOCA will be hosting a 2011 exhibition devoted to graffiti and street artists that will run at the Geffen Contemporary.

-- David Ng

Photo: Julian Schnabel at Art Basel Miami this week. Credit: Alexander Tamargo / Getty Images for Maybach

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