Julia Wachtel

Born 1956
Hometown New York, NY
Lives and Works Bridgewater, CT
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Independent Study Program, 1979
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 1978
BA, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, 1977

Julia Wachtel Gallery Art

Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain, Région Basse Normandie (FRAC-BN), Caen, France

Mining from the expanses of popular culture, Julia Wachtel is best known for paintings that actively unsettle our vast visual vocabulary. An ongoing format for her work involves repeating recognisable images into compositions which position the frivolous, the significant, and the non-descript in unprioritised succession. In Untitled (Body Builder) (1989) a screen-printed image of a teenage man flexing his muscles is doubled and butted up against a hand-painted but equally appropriated image of a geeky greetings card character waving to us. With his androgynous face, patched trousers, rubbish dump hair and elongated shoes he's an approachable clown, offering an open-ended juxtaposition to the Nike clad body builder. More recently, Wachtel has almost exclusively used imagery drawn from the internet, and repeatedly turned to representations used in advertising and the media, in what the artist describes as acts of “reclamation.”

She has had solo exhibitions at Cleveland Museum of Art, Bergen Kunsthall, Centre d'Art Contemporain in Troyes, and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Saatchi Gallery in London, Migros Museum in Zurich, London’s     Institute for Contemporary Art, The Artist’s Institute in London, the Louvre, the Whitney, PS1, the Brooklyn Museum, and FRAC Poîtou-Charentes in Angoulême, among many other institutions.

Courtesy of Zabludowicz Collection


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