Julian Opie - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lisson Gallery, London.

  • Exhibited

    London, Hayward Gallery, Julian Opie, 4 November 1993-6 February 1994; Kunstverein Hannover, Julian Opie, 26 February-17 April 1994

  • Literature

    M. Horlock, Julian Opie, London, 2004, p. 59 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    With  Imagine You Are Driving at Night (3) (1993),  Julian Opie offers a modern take on the traditional genre of landscape  painting.  Instead of  picturesque  views, en-plain-air painting, or the depiction of  glittering reflections of  light in vibrant paint, the  contemporary  landscape  is  a  more mediated  experience. Opie's cool, detached pictorial rendition returns landscape to the western tradition of painting by offering a window  to the outside  world, but, by presenting our envisioning  of  nature  to  simulate  the  graphics of a computerized  video game, he updates it to reflect our contemporary experience.
    This work belongs to a group of twelve landscapes shown in the Hayward Gallery's 1993 retrospective of Opie's work.


Imagine You are Driving at Night (3)

Acrylic on wood, glass and aluminium.
93 × 122.5 cm (36 5/8 × 48 1/4 in).
Signed 'Julian Opie' in pen on label adhered to the reverse. This work is unique.

£7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for £8,125

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2010