Catherine Opie

°1961, Sandusky, US – lives and works in Los Angeles

One of the defining artists of her generation, photographer Catherine Opie is known for her portraits and landscapes. She has frequently combined these two elements by training her camera on how people take possession of different landscapes—from high-school football players on the field or ice fishermen on frozen lakes, to surfers waiting for the next wave.

Opie recently returned to the genre of street photography, elaborating on the relationship between people and places. Her latest photographs present political demonstrations and gatherings—ranging from the inauguration of President Obama to Tea Party rallies. Drawing on the long and illustrious tradition of American landscape painting and documentary photography, like that of Berenice Abbott and Robert Frank, Opie affords us a look at democracy in action.

(Courtesy of Hatje Cantz)


Catherine Opie
Catherine Opie in her Los Angeles studio in the spring (Photo by Jay L. Clendenin. Courtesy of Los Angeles Times)

Opie has exhibited in museums worldwide including at ICA, Boston; Guggenheim New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; MCA Chicago, Chicago; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Important group shows include Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; St. Louis Art Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen.

Catherine Opie’s works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angles; MoMA, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal; Tate Gallery, London and Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, UK.

Catherine Opie is represented by the following galleries;
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Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York / Hong Kong

works by Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie - Sunset #6 - 2009

Catherine Opie

Sunset #6

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