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Julian Opie: The Gallery Staff 4 - Signed Print

The Gallery Staff 4
Signed Print

Julian Opie

£3,000-£6,000 Guide

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

Screenprint, 2012
Signed Print Edition of 4
H 58cm x W 94cm

Critical Review

This series explicitly engages with the 19th century art historical tradition of silhouette portraiture, led by artist Auguste Edouart, whereby the new middle classes would commission family group or individual portraits to record a moment in time. Opie has a strong interest in noticing silhouettes everywhere and has said of the genre, “It is one of the most common forms of drawing around, certainly in that period from late 18th to early 20th century. It’s so common it has become boring, and it’s kind of boring anyway in the sense that it does not stray much from reality.”

Using simplified pictograms to explore tensions between a generalised and specific reality, Opie’s The Gallery Staff series represents his interest in not creating a photographic record of a past moment, but a full representation of reference, memory and sensory experience.

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