NAVAL GAZING
 
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by Charlie Finch
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The Julian Schnabel fine art revival commenced at Sperone Westwater Tuesday night when Al Pacino hurried through the opening in a houndstooth overcoat and electroshock hair. Savvily, the gallery has priced the “Navigation Drawings,” which Schnabel wished to sell at $100,000 apiece, at a bargain basement price of $60,000 each, loss leaders for the anticipated auction boom in Schnabelia.To own a work by Schnabel is not really owning a work of art. It is more like having a souvenir from the circus. The ringmaster himself was giving a tour of the drawings, as the usual crowd of hangers-on littered the room: Harvey Keitel, Dick Cavett, Charlie Rose. Pointing at the blobs of flesh and yellow paint with which he defaced a map of Hawaii, Schnabel announced to the crowd that he had been inspired by a sunset.