2 of 5 portraits of Alex James
by Julian Opie
C-type colour print on paper laid on panel, 2000
34 1/8 in. x 29 7/8 in. (868 mm x 758 mm)
Given by the Art Fund, 2001
Sitterback to top
- Steven Alexander ('Alex') James (1968-), Musician; bassist for Blur. Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Alex James, Damon Albarn, Dave Rowntree and Graham Coxton formed the band Blur in 1989. Both Alex James and Graham Coxon were art students at Goldsmith's College, London and have maintained contact with their fellow YBA artists. Their chart-topping album Parklife (1994) announced the band's leading position in the BritPop movement and in 1995 Blur won five Brit awards. Further albums The Great Escape (1995), Blur (1997), 13 (1999) and Blur: the best of (2000) followed.
Linked publicationsback to top
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 57
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 139
- Howgate, Sarah; Nairne, Sandy, A Guide to Contemporary Portraits, 2009, p. 46
- Nairne, Sandy; Howgate, Sarah, The Portrait Now, 2006, p. 77
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 259
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Sir James Dyson by Julian Opie: New Commission (6 August 2011 - 2 January 2012)
Events of 2000back to top
Current affairsThe world celebrates the start of a new millennium. Britain marks the occasion with a series of new buildings and landmarks including the Millennium Dome, the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, and the Millennium Stadium. While the Dome was criticised by politicians and the public for wasting public funds, and the Bridge suffered initial stability problems, other projects have become major landscape and public attractions.
Art and scienceTate Modern opens as a national gallery of international modern art under the directorship of Nicholas Serota. The gallery, housed in the former Bankside Power Station, took the novel step of arranging the collection by theme rather than chronologically. As well as the collection galleries, Tate Modern has two large temporary exhibition spaces, and commissions installation projects for the enormous Turbine Hall.
InternationalBritish troops are deployed to Sierra Leone to establish order and evacuate foreign nationals from the country torn apart by civil war. Following a ceasefire President Kabbah declared the civil war officially over in 2002.
George W. Bush becomes President of the United States after a close election where he lost the popular vote, but won the electoral vote thanks to a controversial Supreme Court decision on Florida.
Exhibitions and displays
- Julian Opie after Van Dyck
Until 7 January 2018
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