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Julia Wachtel

hero, 2015

Oil, fashe, acrylic ink on canvas
60 × 126 in
152.4 × 320 cm
This is a unique work.
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Brussels
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Courtesy of the artist and Super Dakota, Brussels
Julia Wachtel
American, b. 1956
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Julia Wachtel’s oil, acrylic, and silkscreen-on-canvas paintings, which are dominated by signs, banners, and logos drawn from popular culture, explore the impact of our image-saturated world on the human psyche. Part of the Pictures Generation artists who emerged in early-1980s New York, Wachtel mines posters of movie stars, pin-up girls, political figures, and pop music icons, as well as cartoon figures drawn from commercial greeting cards and media images that reference the socio-political landscape, before appropriating and altering them, often repeating elements or juxtaposing them with other images so that they are at once familiar and disorienting. To create her “American Color” series, begun in the early ’90s, she pulled photographic images from television of ordinary people confessing personal stories on daytime talk shows, or actors captured in moments of heightened emotion, then recreated them in silkscreen-on-canvas set against monochrome backgrounds, as a way of parodying the representation of human emotion and experience in mainstream media.

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Julia Wachtel
American, b. 1956
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Julia Wachtel’s oil, acrylic, and silkscreen-on-canvas paintings, which are dominated by signs, banners, and logos drawn from popular culture, explore the impact of our image-saturated world on the human psyche. Part of the Pictures Generation artists who emerged in early-1980s New York, Wachtel mines posters of movie stars, pin-up girls, political figures, and pop music icons, as well as cartoon figures drawn from commercial greeting cards and media images that reference the socio-political landscape, before appropriating and altering them, often repeating elements or juxtaposing them with other images so that they are at once familiar and disorienting. To create her “American Color” series, begun in the early ’90s, she pulled photographic images from television of ordinary people confessing personal stories on daytime talk shows, or actors captured in moments of heightened emotion, then recreated them in silkscreen-on-canvas set against monochrome backgrounds, as a way of parodying the representation of human emotion and experience in mainstream media.

Julia Wachtel

hero, 2015

Oil, fashe, acrylic ink on canvas
60 × 126 in
152.4 × 320 cm
This is a unique work.
Contact For Price
location
Brussels
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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