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She Mistook Kindness for Weakness (SMKFW)

Modern and Contemporary Art

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She Mistook Kindness for Weakness (SMKFW)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Julian Schnabel
American, born 1951

Date

1986

Medium

Oil and modeling paste on velvet

Accession #

1999.112

Dimensions

96 x 72 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Laden with personal symbols and obscure historical references, She Mistook Kindness for Weakness belongs to a series of paintings on velvet Schnabel made in the mid to late 1980s. His use of black velvet evokes the popular vernacular form of painting on velvet sold to tourists in Mexican border towns, including Brownsville, Texas, Schnabel’s hometown. The thick paint on soft velvet has an aura of decadent sensuality to it. The painting is inscribed with the title’s acronym, SMKFW. Although cryptic, the title—like the stuffed rabbit depicted—seems menacing.

Credit

The Lenore and Burton Gold Collection of 20th-Century Art

Image Copyright

© 2019 Julian Schnabel/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York