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London, UK

Cristea Roberts Gallery is a leading international contemporary art gallery with a particular focus on original prints and works on paper.  Since its inception, the gallery has commissioned a significant number of editions by a wide range of artists, whilst also representing others for their unique works. The underlying ethos of the gallery has always been artist-led. It was originally founded in 1995 as the Alan Cristea Gallery and changed its name in September 2019 to Cristea Roberts Gallery. 


Acknowledged as one of the leading galleries in its field of speciality, the gallery's programme is dedicated to publishing, cataloguing, exhibiting and dealing in original prints and drawings by its roster of over 30 important international artists and Estates.

 

It participates in all the major international art fairs and has a dynamic programme of exhibitions hosted in its bespoke space in Pall Mall, London. The gallery works closely with international museums on acquisitions and loans, and examples of its editions are held in major public collections around the world including Tate, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Apartments. installation view, Julian Opie

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Cristea Roberts Gallery are pleased to present a solo booth presentation of a new group of twelve woodcut prints by Julian Opie, titled Apartments., 2021, depicting mid twentieth century tower blocks. Through his refined style Julian Opie seeks to distill and decode the visual experience of our everyday life by way of his study of built-up environments and the movement of people within them.

The apartment block images came to the fore following trips to Oslo Opie made via Google Earth during the first of the Covid pandemic’s lockdowns. He says of the new apartment blocks: “I spent the darkest days of lockdown in Oslo, travelling around the suburbs, manoeuvring myself around the buildings and the tower blocks. They are all of a certain type; they are suburban, European apartment buildings. I think they become something close to a hieroglyph, something close to the words “modern building”. I want them to act as a pictogram, something you can immediately place and relate to and scale yourself against.”

Julian Opie was born in London in 1958. He studied at Goldsmiths College, London, from 1979 to 1982. His works have been realised in a variety of media including silkscreen, vinyl, LCD, LED, lenticular and flocking, and he continues to push the boundaries of 'traditional' artistic practice. He draws inspiration from both high art, design and the vernacular; lightbox advertising, billboard signs, Japanese Manga, seventeenth and eighteenth-century portraiture, nineteenth-century silhouettes, Roman busts and ancient Egyptian art. His work can be found in public collections worldwide including the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, Tate, London; Neues Museum, Nuremberg; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Shikoku, Japan.

A survey of recent publications can be seen at Cristea Roberts Gallery London until 23 October 2021.

Sophie Lindo, Associate Director

Julian Opie

Apartment 1.

2021

30.4 x 54.6 cm (framed)

Woodcut on Somerset Velvet 300gsm

Edition of 20

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Julian Opie

Apartment 2.

2021

47.0 x 40.1 cm (framed)

Woodcut on Somerset Velvet 300gsm

Edition of 20

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Julian Opie

Apartment 3.

2021

53.8 x 39.4 cm (framed)

Woodcut on Somerset Velvet 300gsm

Edition of 20

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Julian Opie

Apartment 4.

2021

27.8 x 52.3 cm (framed)

Woodcut on Somerset Velvet 300gsm

Edition of 20

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Julian Opie installation 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. 2017

Julian Opie

Apartment 5.

2021

39.3 x 50.4 cm (framed)

Woodcut on Somerset Velvet 300gsm

Edition of 20

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Julian., Julian Opie

Julian Opie

Apartment 6.

2021

31.1 x 65.2 cm (framed)

Woodcut on Somerset Velvet 300gsm

Edition of 20

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Julian Opie

Apartment 7.

2021

33.1 x 60.6 cm (framed)

Woodcut on Somerset Velvet 300gsm

Edition of 20

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