Vito Schnabel's Coming Out

The September issue of Details features a two-page spread on Vito Schnabel, the son of painter-turned-movie director Julian Schnabel. Strangely, the headline, "The 22-Year-Old Art-World Power Broker: How Vito Schnabel became a big-time gallery owner—without his dad's help," is followed by an article detailing all the ways that mega family connections have furthered his career. He landed his first movie role at 12 (he played a "gay boy" in Before Night Falls—"I got a blow job in it," Vito says), sold his first works to Elton John when he was 15, curated his first show as a junior in high school, attracted family friends like Jim Jarmusch, Zac Posen, and Paz de la Huerta to his first gallery opening, now lives in a loft on the third floor of Palazzo Chupi (which his dad built), and spends his time hanging out with Theo (son of Jann Wenner), Jimmy Jagger (son of Mick), and Cody Franchetti (of Born Rich infamy).

"He sounds more excited about museum-hopping" with 62-year-old artist Rene Ricard "than maintaining a high-profile nightlife," the article suggests rather improbably. Oh, and as for his relationship with Elle MacPherson, whom he was linked to last year and who is 22 years his senior, Vito seems to cop to hooking up with her, but denies they had a relationship. "You can put that in there," he tells the author of the piece, referring to the MacPherson rumor. "But dating is such a strong word." At least he seems to understand what the future holds. Referring to his dad, Vito says, "one of his downfalls was that he got so famous when he was so young, and people hated that."

Vito Schnabel's Coming Out