Comprising paintings, site-specific murals, and a series of gouache drawings, Unrequited and Acts of Play marks Julia Jacquette’s first major museum retrospective. Exposing our seemingly insatiable longing for the ideal, the work of the artist, who is based in New York and Amsterdam, focuses on commercialized objects of desire: images of food from cookbooks from the 1950s and 1960s, ornate interiors of the wealthy, and liquors from glossy magazine ad campaigns, among other subjects. These material trappings are presented, often close up, in crisply detailed paintings that both profess and resent such desires and the complications they present personally, socially, and culturally.
Julia Jacquette, “Swimming Pool Water (Hand)” (2015), gouache on paper, 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches, collection of the artist, New York (© 2016 Julia Jacquette. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by John Bentham)