Julian Opie Exhibition

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

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Julian Opie (1958- ) is a leading artist from the UK known for his style for portraying people and landscapes full of energy using a minimalist visual language of dots and lines. In addition to traditional painting and sculpture materials, his art includes familiar industrial products, such as LED displays and billboards. The completely new visual expression Opie creates from common materials appeals to a broad demographic that transcends age, sex, and cultural background. Having distinguished himself in the European art scene since the 1980s, and with his art held in the collections of the world’s leading art museums, Opie is a significant artist and an essential element in any description of contemporary art. His two-dimensional works resonate with both graphic design and pictograms, brimming with a hybrid appeal that goes beyond the confines of conventional paintings. Opie is known for being a collector of Japanese ukiyo-e and animation cels, and one can sense their influence in the clearly defined outlines of his characteristic style. This 2019 exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. Bringing together several of the many genres represented in Opie’s work, it hints at one of the directions that the gallery should consider in today’s world of increasing globalization.

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Schedule

from July 10, 2019 to September 23, 2019

Artist(s)

Julian Opie

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