Julian Opie on the challenge of painting a day in the life of a landscape



‘I tried to see how it would be possible to draw a landscape that was not a landscape, but a period of landscape,’ Opie tells TateShots, as he describes the process of creating his large-scale wall painting: There are hills in the distance (c) 1996.

Opie’s work is on show in Looking at the View, a thematic display at Tate Britain that finds parallels in the way artists have framed our vision of the landscape over the last 300 years.



I very much enjoyed my first visit to The Tate last Saturday, particularly the GLAM exhibition. In the exhibition area where there was music, lighting and candles with memorabilia on the floor. There was a section of writing from Jan Verwoert on Crooked Modernism pinned to one of the wall's which struck a chord within me and I have been trying to find a copy of it as one of the staff said the gallery didn't have any copies of it, can anyone point me in the right direction of obtaining a copy please? Thanks, AnneB

Hi AnneB

Thanks for your comment and glad you enjoyed your first visit to the gallery. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, you can find the text 'Crooked Modernisms' in the book 'Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want' by Jan Verwoert (Sternberg Press, 2010).