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Opening: “Catherine Opie: Portraits & Landscapes and 700 Nimes Road” at Lehmann Maupin
For her first exhibition since joining the gallery last year, celebrated photographer Catherine Opie takes over both Lehmann Maupin spaces. In Chelsea, she shows new studio portraits of artists, writers and performers—including an iconic image of John Baldessari pensively emerging from a black background and an allegorical depiction of a shirtless Lawrence Weiner with a burning cigarette in hand—interspersed with blurry, abstract landscape photos shot in national parks. Further downtown, Ms. Opie offers a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, metaphorically seen through the objects in her Los Angeles home, which the artist photographed over a period of six months. Ironically, she never met Ms. Taylor, who was hospitalized and died midway through the project. The resulting vast portfolio reveals a personal side of the actress that few people knew.