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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Julian Opie

b. 1958, United Kingdom

Julian Opie is an internationally renowned artist of the New British Sculpture movement. Born in 1958 in London, Opie studied at Goldsmith’s School of Art under conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin. Julian Opie continues to live and work in London.

Opie works in a variety of media including sculpture, painted aluminium, vinyl, and inkjet on canvas. His thick black outlines and simplified blocks of colour are reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, Pop Art, and minimalism. Opie’s painted metal sculptures gained international recognition due to their highly stylized nature and their utilisation of basic line and negative space. His work is characterised by his ability to create simplified figures that remain uniquely recognisable.

Opie has undertaken many public commissions including works at the City Hall Park, New York (2004), the Mori Building, Omotesando Hill, Japan (2006), River Vitava, Prague (2007), Dublin City Gallery, Ireland (2008), Seoul Square, South Korea (2009), Regent’s Place, London (2011), and Calgary, Canada (2012).

Opie designed the album cover for Best of Blur by British band Blur in 2000 for which he was presented with a Music Week CADS Award the following year. He was earlier awarded the Sargent Fellowship at the British School in Rome in 1995. Opie’s work is held in collections at the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Tate, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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Logo. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork Julian OpieLogo., 2018 Silkscreen on painted wooden board
40 1/4 x 22 x 1 1/8 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Pony tail. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork Julian OpiePony tail., 2018 Silkscreen on painted wooden board
37 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Johanna by Julian Opie contemporary artwork Julian OpieJohanna, 2014 Mosaic tiles, unique
59 3/8 x 42 3/4 x 2 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Sun Hat. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork Julian OpieSun Hat., 2018 Silkscreen on painted wooden board, unique
40 1/8 x 23 5/8 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Paper Heads by Julian Opie contemporary artwork Julian OpiePaper Heads, 2019 A series of 8 laser-cut archival Museum Board reliefs, presented in sprayed white frames selected by the artist
83.4 x 71.1 cm
Alan Cristea Gallery
Hoodie. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork Julian OpieHoodie., 2019 Auto paint on aluminium
200 x 177 cm
Lisson Gallery
Walking in New York 1. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork Julian OpieWalking in New York 1., 2019 Auto paint on aluminium
240 x 273 cm
Lisson Gallery
Beach head. 12. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork Julian OpieBeach head. 12., 2018 Paint on overlaid aluminium panel
190 x 156 cm
Lisson Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Julian Opie, Julian Opie at Lisson Gallery, New York
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1 March–20 April 2019 Julian Opie Julian Opie Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Julian Opie, Julian Opie at Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
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22 September–10 November 2018 Julian Opie Julian Opie Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Print Project Space: New Editions at Alan Cristea Gallery, London
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1–22 September 2018 Group Exhibition Print Project Space: New Editions Alan Cristea Gallery, London

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Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Ocula Conversation Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Founder, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo started collecting contemporary art in 1992, after graduating from Torino University, where she studied business and economics. She began her collection with four works from the late-1950s and early-1960s by Italian artists: Carla Accardi, Tano Festa, Mario Merz and Salvatore Scarpitta. 'I enjoyed the idea of...

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Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 Ocula Report Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 31 May 2016 : Angela Suh for Ocula

Located a stones throw from the famed Haeundae Beach, popularised in Korean cinema and countless K-dramas, Art Busan 2016 conveyed a leisurely air brought on by the first warm days of spring. Now in its fifth edition, the fair has grown into a sizeable event showcasing some of the best works in the region. With over 190 participating galleries...

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In Related Press

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Heads Roll review – an exhibition for narcissists everywhere Related Press Heads Roll review – an exhibition for narcissists everywhere The Guardian : 13 August 2018

Portraiture is an enduring art form, thanks to the narcissistic tendencies of the human race.

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Julian Opie: 'It's only when you are bored that you can see' Related Press Julian Opie: 'It's only when you are bored that you can see' The Guardian : 25 April 2018

I sent two of my assistants out to the park to film people walking and, on reviewing the films, I found that many joggers had run past the camera.Humans are built for running. I have read they can outrun a wolf or a horse over long distances. By drawing one stride with around 30 frames I can set a drawing in motion to run smoothly forever as an...

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Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios Related Press Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios The Vinyl Factory : 8 September 2017

This October, Store Studios will host Everything At Once, an extensive off-site exhibition featuring 24 artists currently shown at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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Amnesty for Art Related Press Amnesty for Art Post-ism : 21 February 2017

As far as you look back in history, the arts have always interacted with the power structures of their time. Artists, writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians have been indispensible critical voices, reacting to cultural and political discourse, connecting with social movements. They can be a powerful voice of dissent and transgression to political...

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Julian Opie: This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts Related Video & Audio Julian Opie: This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts Alan Cristea Gallery : 10 October 2008

A short film exploring a series of nine, life-size works by Julian Opie. This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts features linear images of a pole dancer called Shahnoza in nine different poses.

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