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

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This show by the renowned L.A photographer features two bodies of works spread across Lehmann Maupin’s two location. The gallery’s LES venue presents Opie’s series, “700 Nimes Road,” in which she documented the interior of actress Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel Air home over a six month period. Halfway through Opie’s time there, Taylor died, but the star’s staff allowed her to continue working until the contents of the house were moved or disposed of. The artist calls the result a portrait of the movie icon. In Chelsea, Opie includes more literal portraits of friends, shrouded in Old Master-ish light against black backgrounds. Also on view are blurry landscapes photos of National Parks inspired by the work of Gerhard Richter.