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Hammer Projects, Catherine Opie: Portraits
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Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Hammer Projects, Catherine Opie: Portraits
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Hammer Museum, ...

Catherine Opie, 700 Nimes Road
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, New Yo...

Catherine Opie, 700 Nimes Road
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, N...

Catherine Opie, Portraits and Landscapes
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Str...

Catherine Opie, Portraits and Landscapes
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Str...

Catherine Opie, 700 Nimes Road
Installation view
MOCA Pacific Design Center
January 2...

Catherine Opie
Untitled #9, 2013
Pigment print
40 x 60 inches
101.6 x 152.4 cm...

Catherine Opie
Lawrence (Black Shirt), 2012
Pigment Print
33 x 25 inches
83.8 ...

Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
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Catherine Opie
Pig Pen (Tattoos), 2009
Chromogenic print
32 x 24 inches
81.3 x...

Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape
Installation view
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
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Catherine Opie: American Photographer
Installation view
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Yo...

Catherine Opie
Josh, 2007
Chromogenic print
30 x 22 1/4 inches
76.2 x 56.5 cm<...

Catherine Opie
Football Landscape #3 (Notre Dame vs. St. Thomas More, Lafayette, LA), 2007
C...

Catherine Opie
Oliver in a Tutu, 2004
Chromogenic print
24 x 20 inches
61 x 50...

Catherine Opie
Untitled #4 (Surfers), 2003
Chromogenic print
50 x 40 inches
12...

Catherine Opie
Nick, 2003
Chromogenic print
Framed: 31 1/4 x 24 3/4 in
79.4 x ...

Catherine Opie
Untitled #1 (Icehouses), 2001
Chromogenic print
50 x 40 inches
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Catherine Opie
Miggi & Ilene, Los Angeles, California, 1995
Chromogenic print
40 ...

Catherine Opie
House #3 (Beverly Hills), 1995
Chromogenic print
40 x 50 inches
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Catherine Opie
Justin Bond, 1993
Chromogenic print
20 x 16 inches
50.8 x 40.6 ...

Catherine Opie
Bo from "Being and Having", 1991
Chromogenic print
17 x 22 i...

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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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Critics' Pick: Catherine Opie Artforum

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

Artist Bio

Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie (b. 1961, Sandusky, OH; lives in Los Angeles) is known for her powerfully dynamic photography that examines the ideals and norms surrounding the culturally constructed American dream and American identity. She first gained recognition in the 1990s for her series of studio portraits titled Being and Having, in which she photographed gay, lesbian, and transgender men and women drawn from her circle of friends and artists. Opie has traveled extensively across the country exploring the diversity of America’s communities and landscapes, documenting quintessential American subjects—high school football players and the 2008 presidential inauguration—while also continuing to display America’s subcultures through formal portraits. Using dramatic staging, Opie presents cross-dressers, same-sex couples, and tattooed, scarred, and pierced bodies in intimate photographs that evoke traditional Renaissance portraiture—images of power and respect. In her portraits and landscapes, Opie establishes a level of ambiguity—of identity and place—by exaggerating masculine or feminine characteristics, or by exaggerating the distance of the shot, cropping, or blurring her landscapes.

 

Opie received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1985, and an MFA from CalArts in 1988. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway (2017, forthcoming); Nova Southeastern University Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL (2017); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2015); Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA (2012); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011); Portland Art Museum, OR (2010); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2006), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2002); and the Saint Louis Art Museum, MO (2000). Select group exhibitions featuring her work include Selections from the Permanent Collection: Catherine Opie and Sterling Ruby, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2017); Breaking News, Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2016-2017); A Slow Succession with Many Interruptions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA (2016-2017); Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, Brooklyn Museum, NY (2016); Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Residue: The Persistence of the Real, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (2015); America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2014); and Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC (2008). Her work is in numerous international public and private collections, including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Miami Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Tate, London.

 

Opie has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Citibank Private Bank Emerging Artist Award, Washington University Freund Fellowship, CalArts Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Larry Aldrich Award, San Francisco Art Institute President's Award for Excellence, and United States Artist Fellowship. She has been a professor of fine art at UCLA since 2001 and serves on the board of directors of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the board of trustees of MOCA, Los Angeles.