Selected works by Julia Wachtel

Julia Wachtel
Champagne Life


Oil, lacquer ink and flashe on canvas

5 panels, overall: 152.4 x 472.4 cm

Champagne Life, the eponymous title of the exhibition itself, inverts an image of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, with the poorly copied plastic sculpture of Minnie Mouse. The pathos of the latter’s pathetic construction provides what the artist terms “a place of interiority” which is both “intimate and vulnerable” in stark contrast to the pure “exteriority” of Kim Kardashian, a figure who manipulates the public eye and spectre of fame so dexterously as to have “broken the Internet.” The title itself is drawn from a song by R&B artist Ne-Yo, who sings of a life “where dreams and reality are one in the same”. This paradoxical attempt to converge the fantastical with the real is the epitome of a culture driven by the lust for celebrity, and the figure of champagne as a relatively affordable signification of luxury life, the highest aspiration and emptiest cipher.

Julia Wachtel
Landscape No. 19 (Witness)


Oil, flashe and acrylic ink on canvas

6 panels, overall: 152.4 x 325.1 cm

Poppy panels of colour overlay grainy images taken from various media. Each is punctured by an invading cartoon character, drawn from greeting cards,
perversely and hysterically juxtaposed with the appropriated imagery. Wachtel, who has been working in the same vein since the 1980s as part of the Pictures Generation, is heavily influenced by Andy Warhol, a prevalence in her oeuvre that has been accelerated by the Internet’s quicksilver exchange of images and the blossoming of celebrity culture; ink dot subsumed to pixel, Marilyn Monroe to Kim Kardashian.

Julia Wachtel
Landscape No. 18 (Container/Cave)


Oil, lacquer ink and flashe on canvas

5 panels, overall: 152.4 x 250.2 cm

Her screen prints are almost algorithmic in their composition, taking thetemperature of contemporary popular culture in both an instinctive and premeditated way

Julia Wachtel


Oil, flashe and acrylic ink on canvas

6 panels, overall: 152.4 x 307.3 cm
Julia Wachtel


Oil, flashe and acrylic ink on canvas

3 panels, overall: 152.4 x 245.1 cm
Julia Wachtel
Circles and Door


Oil, flashe and acrylic ink on canvas

152.4 x 358.14 cm

© Natasha Hoare, 2015

Julia Wachtel's Biography

Julia Wachtel
Born 1956, New York, New York, US
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, US


Julia Wachtel, Vilma Gold, London

Empowerment, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York

Julia Wachtel, Cleveland Museum of Art (forthcoming), Cleveland, US
Julia Wachtel, Independent New York / Elizabeth Dee, New York, US

Julia Wachtel, Vilma Gold Gallery, London, UK

Kathleen Cullen Gallery, New York

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York

Julia Wachtel, Galerie Georges-Phillipe et Nathalie Vallois, Paris, FR

Julia Wachtel, Eglise de Aumenancourt, Marne, FR
Julia Wachtel, Gallerie Georges-Philippe Vallois, FR
Julia Wachtel, Crypte de l'Eglise del'Assomption, Rosnay-L'Hopital, FR
Julia Wachtel, Passages, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Troyes, FR

Julia Wachtel, American Fine Arts, New York, US
Julia Wachtel, American Fine Arts, New York, US

Julia Wachtel, Galerie Faust, Geneva, CH
Options 41: Julia Wachtel, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, US
Julia Wachtel, American Fine Arts, New York, US

Julia Wachtel, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, US
Julia Wachtel, Galerie Georges-Philippe Vallois, Paris, FR

Julia Wachtel, Diane Brown Gallery, New York, US

Julia Wachtel, Nature Morte Gallery, New York, US

Julia Wachtel, Nature Morte Gallery, New York, US
Julia Wachtel, Nature Morte Gallery, New York, US

Julia Wachtel, Nature Morte Gallery, New York, OH

Haim Steinbach and Julia Wachtel: Social Conquest, C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center Mall, New York, US

Relations of Absence, Fashion Moda, Bronx, New York, US


Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, "Too Much Is Not Enough: Art and Commodity in the 80s"
Whitney Musuem of Amaericn Art, New York, "Fast Forward: Painting from the 80s"
Lang curatorial Assistant
Maruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels, "Man Alive"

Le Consortium, Dijon, France, "Almanch 16"
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, "Ordinary Pictures," curated by Eric Crosby
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, "Ideologue"
Saatchi Gallery, London, "Champagne Life"
Cinncinnati Art Museum, Cinncinnati, Ohio, "Not in NewYork: Carl Solway and Cinncinnati: Highlights of 20th Century Art"

White Columns, NYC, "Gallery 30 / 130: Thirty Years of Books and Catalogs, etc. Bob Nickas"
Algus Greenspon, NYC, "The Shadow is Taken"
Room East, NYC, "The Crack Up"
Zabriskie Point, Geneva, Switzerland, curated by Laure Marville, Roxane Bovet, Yoan Mudry
Armada, Milan, Italy, "Venganza (I don't want to be friends)", curated by Gea Politi
Zabludowicz Collection, London "20 Years of Collecting: Between Discovery and Invention"
Migros Museum, Zurich, CH, "Toys Redux - On Play and Critique", curated by Raphael Gygax and Judith Welter (catalogue)
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Ohio, "Fresh Prints: The Nineties to Now"
Gavin Brown's Enterprise, NYC, "Call and Response"

Portrait de ¬ĺ , Vallois Gallery, Paris, FR
New Hells, curated by Isaac Lyle, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, US
Forever Young, curated by Marie de Gualejac, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, BE
Ericka Beckman / Julia Wachtel, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, US

Post Culture, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, US
Selctions from Absolut Collection, Curated by Finbar Krook Rossato, Spiritmuseum, Stokholm, SE
Group Show, The Artist's Institute, Curated by Haim Steinbach, New York, US
Une odyssée: les 30 ans du frac champagne-ardenne, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, FR

Remote Control, Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK
Face a Face, FRAC Poìtou-Charantes, Angoulême, FR
The Old, the New, the Different, Curated by Fabrice Stroun, Kunsthalle, Bern, CH

Situation New York 1986, Art & Public - Cabinet, Geneva, Switzerland Vilma Gold Gallelry, London, UK
Group Show, Vilma Gold Gallelry, London, UK
Social Photography, Curated by Peter Scott, Carriage Trade, New York, US

Iteration No. 2, Curated by James Hyde, Kathleen Cullen, New York, US
Cult of Personality, Curated by Peter Scott, Carriage Trade, New York, US

Images et (Re)Presentation, Le Magasin, Grenoble, FR
Group Show, Gallerie Georges-Philippe & Natalie Vallois, Paris, FR

The Cult of Personality, Erna Hecey Gallery, Luxembourg, LU

I am the Walrus, Curated by Jan Avgikos, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, US

W Exhibition, Curated by Bob Nickas and Vincent Pecoil, the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dole, FR

Group Show, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, US

Urban Mythologies: The Bronx Represented Since the 1960s Curated by Lydia Yee, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York,
Artlovers, Curated by Marcia Fortes, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
Sweet & Sour, Art & Public, Geneva, CH
Text & Signifier, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, US
Absolut Collection, Louvre, Museum of the Applied Arts, Paris, FR

Weather Everything, Curated by Eric Troncy, Galerie F√ľr Zeitgen√∂ssische Kunst, Leipzig, DE
Interpreting, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, US
I Love New York, Edinburgh International Art Festival, Edinburgh College of Art, UK

Can We Talk, Basilico Fine Arts, New York, US

Pittura Immedia, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, Graz, AT
Group Show, Peinture, Photo et Cie. Les rencontres d'Arles, Arles, FR

Painting Culture, fiction/non fiction, New York, US
Group Shows, Genovese Gallery Annex, Boston, US
Group Shows, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, US

Stendahl Syndrome: The Cure, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, US
Le Choix des Femmes, Le Consortium, Dijon, FR
The Last Laugh, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, US
Assembled: Works of Art Using Photography as a Construction Element, Wright State University, the University Art Galleries, Dayton, US

Group Show, Achim Kubinski, Stuttgart, DE
Ian Hamilton Finlay, Mitchell Kane, Julia Wachtel, Robbin Lockett Gallery, Chicago, US
The Mirror in Which Two Are Seen as One, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, US
Dream Reality, The School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, US

Works Concepts Processes Situation Information Curated by Bob Nickas, Hans Meyer Gallery, Dusseldorf, DE
Group Show, Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Group Show, 121 Art Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Media Post-Media, Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, US
Appropriation and Syntax: The Uses of Photography in Contemporary Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, US
Group Show, Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, US

Nothing Sacred, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Avant-Garde in the Eighties, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US
Post-Abstract Abstraction, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, US
The Art of the Real, Curated by Bob Nickas, Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, CH
Comic Iconoclasm, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
Perverted by Language, Hillwood Art Gallery, Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus, Greenvale, US
Monsters: The Phenomena of Dispassion, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, US
Romance, Curated by Ronald Jones, Knight Gallery, Charlotte, US

Ultrasurd, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, CA
Group Show, American Fine Arts Co., Colin de Land Fine Art, New York, US
When Attitudes Become Form (curated by Bob Nickas) Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, US
The Ready Made Painted, Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, New York, US
Group Shows, Metro Pictures, New York, US
Group Shows, Nature Morte Gallery, New York, US

Split Vision, Curated by Laurie Simmons and Robert Mapplethorpe, Artists Space, New York, US
Persona Non-Grata, Daniel Newburg Gallery, New York, US
Infotainment, Texas Gallery, Houston, traveled to Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Vanguard Gallery, Philadelphia; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado; De Selby Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Galerie Montenay Del Sol, Paris, FR
Americana, Whitney Bienniel, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, US
East Vilalge, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, CA

Neo York: Reported on a Phenomenon, University Art Museum, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, US
Emblem, L.A.C.E. Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Group Show, Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1, Long Island City, US
Timeline of Intervention in Central America, US
Hundreds of Drawings, Artists Space, New York, US
Group Shows, Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, US
Hundreds of Drawings, Artists Space, New York, US
Contemporary Perspectives, Sardoni Art Gallery, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, US

Group Shows, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, US
Terminal Show/Preparing for War, Brooklyn, US
Subculture, Subway Ad Spaces, New York, US
Revolutionary High Art, Latino Space, New York, US

Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, US

M5 Show, Bus System, New York, US
Selections, Artists Space, New York, US
Gender Show, New York, US
Selections 14, Drawing Center, New York, US

Film/Audio Installation, Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S.1, Long Island City, US