“I first encountered Julian Opie’s work in 1994 when I visited his solo exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London and was immediately struck by the sheer breadth of ideas, subject matter and mediums he was employing in that one show. Four years later in 1998, I joined Cristea Roberts Gallery and suggested Julian as an artist who I thought would make wonderful editions. We collaborated on our first project a year later - a series of six silkscreen prints - and since then, he and the gallery have worked together in a variety of media, including lenticulars, LCD animations, installations, bronze sculptures and digital prints.
Today the universal language of his art has reached far beyond traditional gallery audiences. Sculptures and animated LEDs are now presented across the world on city streets, be it on billboards or on the side of tower blocks, and his editions have played a role in disseminating his work to a wider global audience. As an introduction to working with an artist, that first set of screenprints couldn’t have been surpassed - from the thrill of seeing the initial proofs, through to their first display in the gallery and finally their acquisition by the Tate, London, and Museum of Modern Art, New York, it paved the way for many more projects. Highlights from some of these are included in this viewing room.” David Cleaton-Roberts
This Online Viewing Room presents twelve key works by Julian Opie selected by Cleaton-Roberts. On 10 July the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery will open Opie’s first major institutional exhibition in Japan, which will be on view until 23 September 2019.
Cristea Roberts Gallery is the exclusive worldwide publisher of Opie’s editions.