Julia Wachtel

Untitled, 2014


4 colour screen print
71.12 x 71.12 cm
Edition of 60
Signed and numbered by the artist on reverse

£220.00 GBP



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About the artwork

Artist Julia Wachtel's paintings use the language and imagery of mass culture. In this special edition print, a highly pixellated portrait of Nicki Minaj, who although her face has been cropped from the image, is highly recognisable.  

About the artist

Julia Wachtel (b. 1956, lives/ works in New York) is fascinated with the visual language of mass culture. Her paintings enter into a visual language game wherein the appropriated vernacular of mass culture is illustrated, simulated, replicated, altered and parodied. The logic of this language is disturbed just enough to provoke a meditation upon the conditions of meaning intrinsic to that vernacular. In her paintings of the 80s and 90s, Wachtel inserted grotesque, irritating cartoon characters — popular with the middle class in the 1960s and 1970s when they were seen on greeting cards, bar supplies and T-shirts – into the “readymade” lexicon of mainstream magazine and newspaper photographic images which documented the contemporary socio-political landscape of the time. Within more recent work cartoons still feature, alongside other figures from a wider source and all imagery is now culled from the internet. The artist is represented by Vilma Gold, London.

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