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This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 6

This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 6
Signed Mixed Media

Julian Opie

Mixed Media, 2008
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 30
H 72cm x W 212cm

Critical Review

This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 6 shows the model with a head reduced to a simple circle and her body rendered in thick bold lines to form a highly stylised image. Throughout his work, Opie sets to strip down the things that he sees around him in order to reflect and play on not just other art, but on the artifice that characterises contemporary life.

By depicting Shahnoza in a pose that draws from choreography, gestures and typical iconography of strip shows and catwalks, Opie succinctly conveys the way in which seemingly natural human behaviour is made up of learned performance codes. Indeed, this print exemplifies key themes that run through the artist’s entire oeuvre and what he is renowned for: engagement with art history, use of new technology, and obsession with the human body.

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