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Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 - Mercedes-Benz x Julian Schnabel - Queequeq Maybach Sculpture

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Maybach and Julian Schnabel

Painter, sculptor, film director, installations by artist Julian Schnabel are exact reflections of his larger-than-life persona. From his acclaimed directorial debut with bio-pic Basquiat to his Pepto-Bismol pink townhouse in New York City, Schnabel, like most artists, drew inspirations from his life experiences, except his re-interpretations are usually hulking and apologetic. In kicking off a new 2-year partnership with Mercedes-Benz and its Maybach division, Schnabel unveiled his latest installation, "Queequeq The Maybach Sculpture." Casted in bronze over stainless steel armatures, the 3,280-lb sculpture, depicting the character from Herman Melville's Moby Dick, comes in 2 segments. Its debut was part of Maybach Night, a charity auction of five Julian Schnabel works took place last evening to benefit the J/P Haitian Relief Organization Foundation, a non-for-profit started by close friend of Schnabel, actor Sean Penn. In addition, the event coincide with Schnabel's particpation of the mentorship program by Wilhelm & Karl Maybach Foundation, for the next 2 years. Like previous program participant, photographer David LaChapelle, the foundation will create various initiatives in assisting young artists at the guidance of Schnabel. In meantime, "Queequeq The Maybach Sculpture" will take part in a slew of Julian Schnabel retrospective this coming new year.

Maybach and Julian Schnabel

Maybach and Julian Schnabel

Queequeq - The Maybach Sculpture by Julian Schnabel