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Print - The Rivington Place Portfolio
  • The Rivington Place Portfolio
    Julien, Isaac, born 1960
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The Rivington Place Portfolio

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    New Jersey (printed and published)

  • Date:

    2006-2007 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Julien, Isaac, born 1960 (artist)
    Brodsky Center (printer and publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Inkjet print and gold leaf on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the generous support of the Friends of the V&A

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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This print (one of a pair) by Isaac Julien (born London 1960) was made for The Rivington Place Portfolio (see E.163:1 to :9-2009). Julien is best known as a film-maker. One of his declared aims is to break down barriers between different artistic disciplines, constructing powerful visual narratives which draw variously on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture. For this portfolio Julien contributed two prints, intended to reference his work with film, by introducing elements of time and narrative development. These two photographic digital prints, Untitled (Deja-Vu No. 2, Baltimore Series) relate directly to Julien's film Baltimore, a surrealistic exploration of that city which focused on two of its museums: The Baltimore Museum of Fine Arts (a collection of classic European art) and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum which celebrates the history of endeavour and achievement by African Americans. Using waxwork figures from the latter in one of the galleries of the former, Julien offers snapshots of an edgy ambiguous narrative in progress, perhaps a film being shot (a light is in view in the second image). The prints are bordered with a gold leaf 'frame' which gives them a precious quality, but is also an ironic comment on the way that the packaging and presentation of a work of art can influence its perceived value.

Physical description


Place of Origin

New Jersey (printed and published)


2006-2007 (printed and published)


Julien, Isaac, born 1960 (artist)
Brodsky Center (printer and publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Inkjet print and gold leaf on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Isaac Julien
Untitled (Deja-vu No.2 Baltimore Series)
signature, title, edition number, publisher and publisher's reference number; in pencil


Height: 51 cm, Width: 76 cm

Descriptive line

Rivington Place portfolio, 2006-7: Isaac Julien


Paper; Gold; Printing ink


Inkjet print


Prints; African Diaspora


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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