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Bijou Gets Undressed 7

Bijou Gets Undressed 7
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Screenprint, 2004
Signed Print Edition of 30
H 38cm x W 78cm

Critical Review

Opie creates a sexually charged image, using the ‘ideal’ woman’s body as we know it from advertising and mass culture and reducing it to a set of signs. Bijou Gets Undressed 7 amalgamates abstraction with realistic moments, showing the figure’s head as a blank circle hovering over her shoulders whilst maintaining sex appeal. By anonymising the woman in the print, aside from providing the viewer with a first name, Opie aims at depicting the stereotypical portrait of a woman.

Bijou Gets Undressed 7 uses choreography, gestures and typical iconography of strip shows and catwalks to produce a predetermined ‘type’ that is instantly recognisable to the viewer. Opie plays into the erotic fantasies of the assumed male spectator through his sign-like visual language to unpack the repeated utilisation of the female body in media and the dominance of the male gaze.