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JULIAN OPIE AT LISSON GALLERY SHANGHAI | ARTLECTURE

JULIAN OPIE AT LISSON GALLERY SHANGHAI

-Lisson Gallery Shanghai-

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by Lisson Gallery Shanghai
JULIAN OPIE AT LISSON GALLERY SHANGHAI
-Lisson Gallery Shanghai-
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HIGHLIGHT


Opie, renowned globally for his contribution to contemporary art, draws on influences as diverse as billboard signs, contemporary dance, classical portraiture and sculpture.


Image courtesy of Lisson Gallery



Opie, renowned globally for his contribution to contemporary art, draws on influences as diverse as billboard signs, contemporary dance, classical portraiture and sculpture. A central motif of Opie’s work is the human figure whether depicted running, posing, walking or dancing, alone or in crowded cities. These portraits – found in public spaces in many major cities across the world – reflect the artist’s preoccupation with exploring the very nature of representation and the means by which it is perceived and understood.


The artist’s bold colours and radically simplified forms can be seen here in the lightboxes, Old Street May 2. and Old Street June 1. where striking figures in white, yellow and black silhouette against vibrant orange and blue backdrops, alongside the quieter palette, Old Street August 12. (all 2020). These works are based on photographs taken of scenes this year, showing city commuters walking with distinct purpose, often clutching their phones or reading emails. Each figure is entirely unique, through their fashion style, expression, prop or accessory. Despite their proximity to one another, the figures are all positioned deep within their own world, seemingly unaffected by the commotion around them. A similar work from the series, Old Street May 8. (2020) will be presented on Lisson Gallery’s West Bund booth.




Image courtesy of Lisson Gallery



Lisson Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of all new work by renowned British artist Julian Opie, for his first solo exhibition with the gallery in Shanghai. The presentation features seven works depicting new subjects (all 2020) in a variety of media, with three large-scale group portraits, three stand-alone sculptures, and one moving computer animation. In this new body of work, Opie draws on the ubiquitous imagery of urban scenes and the cityscape, recalling the vocabulary of everyday life but instilling it with a new energy and vitality.



Image courtesy of Lisson Gallery


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Julian Opie
Lisson Gallery Shanghai
November 07, 2020 – February 27, 2021

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