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Julian Opie: Watching Suzanne (front) 6 - Signed Mixed Media

Watching Suzanne (front) 6
Signed Mixed Media

Julian Opie

£5,000-£8,000 Guide

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

Mixed Media, 2006
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 25
H 83cm x W 57cm

Critical Review

Watching Suzanne (front) 6 captures a fleeting moment in time, as considered within the series as a whole, the figure seems to sway from side to side. This series is characteristic of Opie’s desire to capture movement as a way to differentiate between people and to strike a balance between stylisation and realism. For Opie, movement itself is a form of realism in relation to the human form.

As a computer-generated image, rendered in such a way that the figure appears more like a sign than an individual, Opie produces a depersonalised portrait of a stereotypically attractive woman. Showing only the model’s torso, thus leaving out her face and other details that may distinguish the figure, Opie anonymises the image and forces the viewer to consider why they find this image so alluring.

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