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Catherine Opie

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Catherine Opie, All-American Subversive The New Yorker

February 28 2017

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Catherine Opie on the Louis XIV Bedroom Met Museum Artist Project

June 8 2016

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L.A. HABITAT: CATHERINE OPIE ARTnews

March 4 2016

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Photographer Spotlight: Catherine Opie LA Review of Books

February 24 2016

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Catherine Opie in Conversation With Rodarte New York Times

February 16 2016

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Photos of Elizabeth Taylor’s Home Capture Its Beauty and Banality Hyperallergic

February 11 2016

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Catherine Opie's 700 Nimes Road review – LA's triple-threat shines like a diamond The Guardian

February 9 2016

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'I Do Like To Stare': Catherine Opie On Her Portraits Of Modern America NPR

February 5 2016

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Artforum Critics' Pick: Catherine Opie

January 29 2016

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David Ebony's Top 10 New York Gallery Shows This Winter Artnet

January 29 2016

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Catherine Opie, 'Portraits and Landscapes' Time Out New York

January 21 2016

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High-camp: a pair of Catherine Opie solo shows at Lehmann Maupin, NY Wallpaper Magazine

January 18 2016

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Photographer Catherine Opie Has a Pair of New Exhibitions That “Humanize Celebrity” Bedford + Bowery

January 18 2016

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Book Signing with Catherine Opie

January 16 2016

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Photographer Catherine Opie's Time is Now Wall Street Journal

January 11 2016

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Catherine Opie's New Exhibit Lets NYC Inside Elizabeth Taylor's Bedroom Gotham Magazine

January 11 2016

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12 Things to Do in New York's Art World Before January 15 New York Oberserver

January 11 2016

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This Week’s Must See Events: Bad Assery Abounds Art F City

January 11 2016

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Art & the City: 5 Hong Kong art exhibitions you can’t miss this month Lifestyle Asia

January 11 2016

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Q&A: Catherine Opie on her Diverse Body of Work ARTINFO

January 10 2016

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Personal Effects: Catherine Opie Interview Magazine

December 29 2015

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Women in Art: Catherine Opie Elle Magazine

November 30 2015

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Catherine Opie creates monumental work for Los Angeles courthouse The Art Newspaper

November 24 2015

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Catherine Opie: The provocateur who photographed Elizabeth Taylor's home CNN

November 2 2015

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Eager for a Fresh Take, Galleries Mine an Unfamiliar Side to Famous Artists New York Times

October 28 2015

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10 Things to See at Frieze London TIME

October 14 2015

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Liz, At Large W Magazine

October 13 2015

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Inside Elizabeth Taylor's Home at 700 Nimes Road Vogue

October 12 2015

Catherine Opie creates monumental work for Los Angeles courthouse

The Art Newspaper


By Jori Finkel

 

For her biggest public art project yet, a commission-in-progress for the new federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the artist Catherine Opie has chosen one of the most romantic images of the American West—Yosemite Falls—as the subject of grandly scaled work that will bring some natural majesty to the interior of the boxy steel-and-glass building due to open next summer.


Opie has put her own spin on the image, finding a scene with gentle rushing waters and capturing the waterfall’s reflection in the river below, which visually complicates the scene. And she does something that would have seemed perverse to Ansel Adams or Carleton Watkins: she cuts up her sublime subject into six parts to be hung on different floors of the building, visible from a central atrium.

 

From the atrium’s lowest levels, Yosemite Falls will appear in reflection only—more “water rise” than waterfall. As you climb to the higher floors, you will get to see the source of the water itself and perhaps see three or four prints—each a massive 2.6m by 3.5m—at once.

 

“One of the things I liked is that you have to hike [up] the building to experience different moments of Yosemite Falls,” Opie says. “But never do you get to see the image in its totality.” The disruption of the image evokes the loss of personal liberties that many people entering the court system or heading to prison experience. “The notion of fracturing a photograph suggests the fracturing of life,” she says.

 

Opie’s original proposal to the General Services Administration, a government organisation that helps federal agencies develop or manage their buildings, was to use Yosemite’s changing seasons to explore the passage of time. But she said the region’s drought got in her way: “By summertime there was no water, and by winter, no snow,” she says. The new idea crystallised when she found herself near a bridge over the river that gave her a clear mirror image.