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Julian Opie: This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 9 - Signed Mixed Media

This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 9
Signed Mixed Media

Julian Opie

£20,000-£35,000 Guide

This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Mixed Media, 2008
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 30
H 121cm x W 115cmx D 4cm

Critical Review

This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 9 is rendered in Opie’s trademark linear style, showing the figure with a blank circle as a head, and her feet cut off, showing only straps for shoes. Opie’s images of people engage with longstanding ideas that have characterised art history by questioning what intrinsic elements are needed to convey a narrative or person’s character. However, Opie turns this tradition in art history by explicitly citing the model as a professional pole dancer.

Drawing from the choreography, gestures and typical iconography of strip shows and catwalks, throughout the series Opie depicts the figure in a range of dynamic and theatrical poses that effectively catch the viewer’s attention. In reducing the figure to a ‘type’ rather than depicting a recognisable individual, Opie succinctly conveys the way in which seemingly natural human behaviour is made up of learned performance codes.

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