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Art Diary

Rose Wylie: picky people notice…

18 November 2022

The British artist Rose Wylie takes inspiration from everything from folklore and literature to pop culture and cinema. Her frequently large-scale canvases look a little like comic-strips, with their cartoonish figures and provocative fragments of text. This exhibition at the Stedeliijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent (26 November–30 April 2023), Wylie’s first in Belgium, includes a new series of paintings which demonstrate her long-standing interest in consumer culture. A Handsome Couple (2022), for example, depicts two vacant-looking newlyweds framed by what appears to be a television screen, while Pretty Girl Mask from 2017 borrows advertising jargon – ‘try one’ – to play on ideas of naivety.  Find out more on S.M.A.K.’s website.

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Pretty Girl, Mask (2017), Rose Wylie. Private collection © Rose Wylie

Installation view of Tube Girl (2016), Rose Wylie. Courtesy the Silvie Fleming Collection, London; photo: © Rose Wylie

OUT NOW, GARDEN FLOWERS FEB 5 (2022), Rose Wylie. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner; photo: Jack Hems; © Rose Wylie

Cautionary Tales (2022), Rose Wylie. Private collection. Photo: Jack Hems; © Rose Wylie

A Handsome Couple (2022), Rose Wylie. Courtesy collection of Edwin Oostmeijer; photo: Jack Hems; © Rose Wylie