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Throughout his career Opie has collected the art of the past including Japanese prints, seventeenth and eighteenth-century paintings and sculpture and more recently ancient sculpture from Egypt and the classical world. The exhibition will explore the relationship between Opie’s enthusiasms and preoccupations as a collector of historic art with his concerns as an artist realised through his own completely contemporary vision.
Opie has been making portraits since the 1990s and has always responded and referred back to artistic traditions and historical practice. Works in a variety of media including paintings, prints, LEDs and video as well as more recent experiments in mosaic and sculpture will be shown together with works ranging from an ancient Egyptian funerary mask, portraits by Cornelius Johnson, Arthur Devis and Romney and a remarkable Houdon portrait bust of Gluck.
The exhibition which will be shown at the Holburne before travelling to the Bowes Museum will also include large scale external sculpture in the gardens of the two museums and be accompanied by a publication including essays by Sandy Nairne and Julian Opie and commentaries on the individual works in the show by the artist (price £24.99).
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