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Julian Opie: Woman Taking Off A Man’s Shirt In Five Stages - Signed Print

Woman Taking Off A Man’s Shirt In Five Stages
Signed Print

Julian Opie

POA

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Screenprint, 2004
Signed Print Edition of 80
H 48cm x W 89cm

Critical Review

Using computer-drawing programmes to complete his works, Woman Taking Off A Man’s Shirt In Five Stages is indicative of Opie’s desire to find a standardised version of the human figure. The artist’s depictions of nude figures relate to imagery used on the signs of lavatory doors for example, and Opie combines this kind of imagery with a digital photograph of a real person to create the resulting image.

Charged with an explicitly sexualised tone this print is dynamic in its sequential composition. By placing the figures next to one another in differing poses from left to right, the viewer's eye follows the print as the figure removes her dress. The composition provides the static print with a sense of movement and motion that injects realism into the graphic print. For Opie, movement itself is a form of realism in relation to the human form.

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