Thursday, 19 February 2015

Julian Opie at The Bowes Museum

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When invited along to the Birds of Paradise exhibition, I was informed there was also another exhibit to see at the same time, Julian Opie: Collected Works. Although I hadn't heard of the artist before, it was a great excuse to make the trip to Bowes extra worthwhile. The wonderful Bowes guide helped explain to us that this exhibition, as well as showcasing Opie's own work, was actually an amazing collection of art that he had accumulated himself. Within the one space, there was the modern and contemporary work of his own against the juxtaposition of the old, traditional artworks by 17th and 18th century artists such as Joshua Reynolds and George Romney. A very opposite collection of art in one room but as our wonderful guide pointed out, what made these two collections so cohesive was the common theme of portraiture and the fact that we are always leaning from our predecessors.

The modern works by Opie were so mesmerising, a moving gif picture would have been the best method to show you here, but I did manage some good Instagrams which you can view - here, here, here and here.

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