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Julie Curtiss 朱莉·柯蒂斯

Hair, both beautiful and abject, ornamental and beastly, is a semiotic system that holds a powerful attraction for French-born, Florida-based artist Julie Curtiss. Born and raised in Paris, Curtiss studied at l’École des Beaux-Arts and then at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden before making her way to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Arguably, the Chicago imagists of her alma mater, like Christina Ramberg – to whose work Curtiss’ is often compared – and her years working as a studio assistant to both Jeff Koons and Brian Donnelly (aka KAWS) have informed Curtiss’ aesthetic, with its vibrant colours, cartoonish figuration and smooth, skilfully rendered lines. It’s a highly stylised visual language that helped her work get noticed on Instagram and reach stratospheric heights of success in the art world. But unlike Kaws’ Happy Meal cartoons and figurines, Curtiss’ work is personal, a deep dive into the female psyche and femininity through Jungian archetypes.   Bitter Apples, Curtiss’ first exhibition at White Cube Hong Kong, brings together works across varied media, including …

Julie Curtiss at White Cube Hong Kong 

Bitter Apples /Sep 21 – Nov 11, 2023 / White Cube Hong Kong50 Connaught Road, Central Hong Kong+852 2592 2000Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm White Cube is pleased to present Julie Curtiss’ first exhibition in Greater China, opening in September. The presentation features painting, sculpture and works on paper, as well as Curtiss’ first film work, a Surrealist narrative incorporating sculptural props made by the artist. The new works feature birds, insects and lush, tropical plants influenced by Curtiss’ new studio location in Florida.  Sparking parallels with art-historical depictions of Eden and Paradise, the motifs serve as fertile ground for the artist’s slyly humorous take on temptation, gender and sexuality.  A new edition, made by traditional Japanese woodblock printing, has been created on the occasion of this show.