New York, 1 March – 20 April 2019
For Julian Opie’s first solo gallery exhibition in New York City, Lisson Gallery presents a new body of work focused on the artist’s portraits, presenting both individual heads and full-length groups. As Opie’s first presentation in Manhattan since his major Public Art Fund commission in City Hall Park in 2004, this presentation captures the people and daily routines that make up life in communities around New York City.
Over the years Opie has quietly observed the homogenisation of the world in cities and the people around him – from friends to strangers on the street – to produce portraits of individuals and society. Whether recreating a skyscraper, a serene landscape on the Cornish coast, or a selection of runners in a city park, Opie constructs an environment, a space that echoes the colours and shapes he observes. Fascinated by the act of picturing, and how that influences our ability to navigate and interact with the world, the artist’s portraits have become ubiquitous in locations across the globe.
Works on view
504 West 24th Street
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm