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Julian Opie

July 19 (Sat) to October 5 (Sun), 2008
Closed: Mondays (except July 21 and September 15, both public holidays), as well as on July 22 and September 16

EXHIBITION CONCEPT

The Contemporary Art Center at Art Tower Mito (ATM) is delighted to announce the first large-scale solo exhibition in Asia by the British contemporary artist Julian Opie.

Known especially in Japan for his series of portraits and figures with semiotic visual language ever since his early career, Opie has been creating experimental works to tackle various important issues in contemporary art, including the relationship between painting and sculpture, original and reproduction, art and design, commodity and artwork, beauty and the everyday. Absorbing important notions and formats of modern art such as conceptualism, minimalism and pop, Opie has developed his own unique style. Appropriating influences from old master's painting to street signs, Opie's style has continued to transform throughout his career. In recent years he has created works based on pictures that he himself has taken, then modifies them with his hands and by computer. As a result, the details of models and landscapes are abbreviated and simplified, with thick and round lines and vivid color; only the essence of the objects remain identifiable.

Julian Opie was born in London, United Kingdom in 1958. Within three years since graduating from Goldsmiths (University of London) in 1982, he was featured in several notable exhibitions at art museums and galleries in Europe, thereby gaining international recognition. His works have also been included in the collections of major museums, including the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. He also received a prize in 2001 from Music Week CADS for his cover jacket illustration for the British pop music group Blur in 2000. Recently, he has been busy creating many public art projects in Europe, the United States and Japan.

Opie's interests are not limited to Western art, but extend to Japanese art as well. He is well known as a collector of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyoe) by Kitagawa Utamaro and Utagawa Hiroshige. In recent years, Opie has embraced the compositions and chromatic sensations of ukiyoe, transforming them into unique portraits and landscapes using contemporary devices for representation as well as computer and LED.

At the ATM Contemporary Art Center, Julian Opie will present approximately 70 recent works, covering his major motifs, including portraits, figures, animals, swimmers, dancers and landscapes. The works are made from various colors, mediums and techniques, including animated films, silkscreen and stone sculpture, animating the white cubes of the gallery spaces. Throughout his body of works, the exhibition will show the whole range of Opie's oeuvre, which was previously only introduced fragmentarily in Japan. His sculptural works and LED animations will be installed in the public space of ATM, where they will welcome passers-by.

This exhibition is one of the official events of UK-Japan 2008 , and is organized by the British Embassy and British Council on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Amity and Commerce.


Julian Opie Official Site http://www.julianopie.com/


"View of Mount Fuji with daisies from route 300," 2007
(c)Julian Opie, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE and Lisson Gallery




EXHIBITION INFORMATION

Title: Julian Opie
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito + Plaza
Dates: July 19 (Sat) to October 5 (Sun), 2008
Closed: Mondays (except July 21 and September 15, both public holidays), as well as on July 22 and September 16 Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (no admittance after 5:30 p.m.)

Admission:
¥800 General
¥600 Advance purchase, groups of 20 or more people
Free Children through 9th grade, seniors over 65, and people with certified disabilities (accompanied by one attendant).

*One-year passes:
¥1,000 High Teen Pass "H.T.P." (for youth aged 15-19)
¥2,500 Adult Pass (for people aged 20-64)

Organized by: Mito Arts Foundation, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Grant from: Asahi Beer Arts Foundation, The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences, The Daiwa Anglo- Japanese Foundation, The Great Britain-Sasakawa Foundation, The British Council
Sponsors: SOPH.CO., LTD., ITH Co., Ltd., MITO Junior Chamber Inc.
Support from: Asahi Breweries, Ltd., SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, SOUM Corporation
Curated by: Mizuki Takahashi (Curator, ATM Contemporary Art Center)

Jackprinterprofile right. 2007
(c) Julian Opie, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE and Lisson Gallery
Ruth with cigarette 2. 2005
(c) Julian Opie, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE and Lisson Gallery
Shahnoza dancing in tartan mini, right. 2007
(c) Julian Opie, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE and Lisson Gallery
Private Collection
Shahnoza dancing in white dress. 2007
(c) Julian Opie, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE and Lisson Gallery
Shahnoza, pole dancer. 2007
(c)Julian Opie, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE and Lisson Gallery





RELATED EVENTS

Special lecture "Faces talk - Julian Opie's portrait"
Lecturer: Tamaki Saito (Psychiatrist)
Date: August 2 (Sat), 2008
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
Venue: Workshop Room in ATM Contemporary Art Gallery
Capacity: 80 seats
Admission: Free (Exhibition ticket is required.)

Saturday lectures on Julian Opie by curators
Venue: Workshop Room in ATM Contemporary Art Gallery
Capacity: 80 seats
Admission: Free (Exhibition ticket is required.)

#1 "History of Julian Opie: 1980's to Today"
Lecturer: Mizuki Takahashi (Curator, ATM Contemporary Art Center)
Date: September 6 (Sat), 2008
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)

#2 "Transforming Painting"
Lecturer: Tsukasa Mori (Senior Curator, ATM Contemporary Art Center)
Date: September 13 (Sat), 2008
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)

#3 "YBA and Julian Opie"
Lecturer: Yuu Takehisa (Assistant Curator, ATM Contemporary Art Center)
Date: September 20 (Sat), 2008
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)

#4 "Contemporary Art and Popular Culture"
Lecturer: Toshihiro Asai (Senior Curator, ATM Contemporary Art Center)
Date: September 27 (Sat), 2008
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)


Curator Talk
Mizuki Takahashi, Curator of ATM Contemporary Art Center, will talk about the exhibition.
Time: August 9 (Sat), 2008, 2:00*-3:00 p.m.
Fee: Included in the exhibition admission
*Meet the Curator at the gallery entrance.


Weekend Gallery Talk
CAC (Contemporary Art Center) Gallery Talkers will guide you through the exhibition.
Dates: Weekends from August 2 (Sat) to October 5 (Sun), 2008
Time: 2:30*-3:10 p.m. (approx.)
Fee: Included in the exhibition admission
*Meet the Gallery Talker at the gallery entrance.




Gallery tour for elementary and junior high school students



Kid's workshop "kodomo korabo rabo"
Summer workshop program for elementary and junior high school students.

1. Julian Opie Tour
Gallery tour of "Julian Opie" exhibition for elementary and junior high school students.
Dates: August 1 (Fri), 2008 (targeted at youth aged 13-15) August 3 (Sun), 2008 (targeted at children aged 6-2)
Time: 10: 00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Capacity: 20 persons (on a first-come, first-served basis)
Admission: Free


2. Box of Memory -- Relation Tree
Participants will make "Boxes of Memory" works with the artist, Hideki Maekawa.
Dates: August 9 (Sat) and 10 (Sun), 2008
Time: 10: 00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Venue: Workshop Room in ATM Contemporary Art Gallery
Target: Youth aged 10 to 15
Fee: ¥1,000
Capacity: 24 persons (on a first-come, first-served basis)

Reservations by phone: Booking starts on July 10 (Thu), 2008.
Please call ATM Contemporary Art Center at (029) 227-8120. Deadline for application: July 25 (Fri), 2008.


"Box of Memory -- Relation Tree" exhibition
Dates: August 12 (Mon) to 17 (Sun), 2008
Venue: Workshop Room in ATM Contemporary Art Gallery
Admission: Free (Exhibition ticket is required.)


Workshop at Funakoshi elementary school, Shizuoka







Gallery Tour for Parents with Babies
Staff members will give gallery tours, with special attention given to those with small children. The tour is made particularly for pre-school children and their parents.
Dates: September 19 (Fri) and 26 (Fri), 2008
Starting times: 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
Capacity: 5 groups per session (first-come, first-served)
Fee: Included in the exhibition admission
For reservations, please call ATM Contemporary Art Center at (029) 227-8120.




OTHER PROJECTS during the exhibition period

CRITERIUM 73 Tetsuya Umeda
Date: July 19 (Sat) to August 24 (Sun), 2008
Venue: Gallery 9, ATM Contemporary Art Gallery
Curated by: Yuu Takehisa (Assistant Curator of ATM Contemporary Art Center)

*Performance
Date and time: July 21, 2008 (Mon), starting at 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Upstairs of Corridor at ATM


CRITERIUM 74 Fumiaki Murakami
Date: August 30 (Sat) to October 5 (Sun), 2008
Venue: Gallery 9, ATM Contemporary Art Gallery
Curated by: Toshihiro Asai (Senior Curator of ATM Contemporary Art Center)
Fee: Included in the exhibition admission


Grant from: Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
Support from: Asahi Breweries, Ltd.


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