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    Description

    Julian Opie (b. 1958)
    Incident in the Library II, 1983
    Oil on steel
    69-1/2 x 31 x 8-1/2 inches (176.5 x 78.7 x 21.6 cm)
    Signed and dated on the reverse: Julian Opie / '83

    PROVENANCE:
    Lisson Gallery, London (label verso);
    Private collection, Oregon, acquired from the above in 1994.

    EXHIBITED:
    Hayward Gallery, London, "Julian Opie: One Man Show," 1993-94.

    LITERATURE:
    Hayward Gallery, Julian Opie, exhibition catalogue, London, 1994, illustrated.

    Drawing from a variety of influences as diverse as billboard signs, contemporary dance, classical sculpture and portraiture, Opie reconstructs his impressions of our contemporary surroundings in a concise and pictorial language. Known as the "painter of modern life" his reductive style evokes both a visual and spatial experience of the world around us. In his first solo show at Lisson Gallery, Opie created an imaginary museum put into disarray created by the lightning bolt from Hergé's The Seven Crystal Balls. Also featured in the museum are crude quotations from famous paintings by Monet, Picasso, Pollock, Rothko and Hockney and a series of paintings on steel of books falling from stacks. Incident in the Library II, 1983, from this series, references important 20th century thinkers such as Keynes and Tolstoy and a book about Gertrude Stein tumbling down. Playful and ironic, Opie attempts to disperse with the idea of art historical hierarchy while also sharing his influences and authors that he admires.




    Condition Report*: Single hanging book measures approximately 14-1/2 x 8-3/4 x 2 inches; surface grime; small, scattered accretions to the pages of Tolstoy, Stein, and the unmarked book with a protruding bookmark; otherwise, there do not appear to be any major condition issues; not examined under UV light.
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