Contents 1 Life 2 Work 3 Publications 4 Exhibitions 5 Awards 6 References 7 External links


Life[edit] Opie was influenced early in life by photographer Lewis Hine. At the age of nine she received a Kodak Instamatic camera, immediately capturing her family and community.[5] Opie spent her early childhood in Ohio.[6] She completed a Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 1988. Her thesis project Master Plan (1986–88) examined the planned communities of Valencia, California, from construction sites and advertisement schemes, to homeowner regulations and the domestic interiors of residents' homes. In 1988 Opie moved to Los Angeles, California and began working as an artist, supported herself by accepting a job as a lab technician at the University of California, Irvine.[7] Opie and her companion, painter Julie Burleigh,[8] constructed working studios in the backyard of their home in South Central Los Angeles.[9]


Work[edit] Dusty by Opie, 2007 Opie's work is characterized by a combination of formal concerns, a variety of printing technologies, references to art history, and social/political commentary. It demonstrates a mix between traditional photography and unconventional subjects.[5] An example of formal concerns include addressing issues of the horizon line in the "ice house"[10] and "surfer" series. She has printed photographs using chromochrome, iris prints, Polaroids, and silver photogravure. Examples of art history references include the use of bright color backgrounds in portraits which reference the work of Hans Holbein[9] and the full body frontal portraits that reference August Sander. Opie's older work from the 1990s could be related to the traditions of Renaissance and Baroque art: placing her subjects central to the composition, utilizing stark, dramatic light source, allowing her subjects to fall in front of rich backgrounds; Opie's images relay a more aggressive undertone. Certain art historical attributes throughout her images, themes and/or icons that have been referenced throughout art history. Use of certain symbols in her works have allowed these portraits to sit separately from any of her previous works. The portraits, for instance, from Opie's more recent work in 2012, the image David, utilizes blood. The symbolism used in this work is recognized as a reoccurring statement for Opie, personally and allegorically. These images convey symbolic references to the celebration, embracing and remembrance of the shift and personal relationship with one's body. Unlike other artists, Opie grounds her work in personal relationships, meanings and histories; however, this unfortunately precedent's the ability for one to read these images outside of the intimate content. Most of Opie's work sits in this very personal community, allowing for selective perceptions. Where some viewers may not understand certain allegories and symbols within her work, individuals who know Opie's work well can very identify specific conceptual or metaphorical statements within the images themselves. Where these images demand to be read as allegories, the performative aspect of this work differs from previous work Opie has produced. Opie's earlier work relies more heavily on documentary photography as opposed to allegorical, yet still provides a stark relationship to her investigation and use of powerful iconography throughout the years.[11] A common social/political theme in her work is the concept of community. Opie has investigated aspects of community, making portraits of many groups including LGBT community; surfers; and most recently high school football players. Opie is interested in how identities are shaped by our surrounding architecture. Her work is informed by her identity as an out lesbian.[12] Her works balance personal and political. Her assertive portraits bring queers to a forefront that is normally silenced by societal norms. Opie first came to be known with "Being and Having" (1991) and "Portraits" (1993–1997), which portray queer communities in Los Angeles and San Francisco. "Being and Having" (1991) looked at the outward portrayal of masculinity and is a reference to 17th Century Old Master portraiture.[13] In "Portraits" she presents a variety of identities among the queer community such as: drag kings, cross dressers, and F-to-M transexuals.[13] During her time in Los Angeles, Opie focused heavily on her surrounding environment for her works "In Houses", "Freeways" and "Mini-malls". "In Houses" (1995–1996) shifted towards domestic architecture through portraits of Beverly Hills and Bel Air mansions. "Freeways" (1994–1995), depicts the Los Angeles highway system in black and white, which was unique to her usual style. "Mini-malls" (1997–1998) concluded her works on iconic images of Los Angeles culture by depicting billboards as well as identifying various ethnic groups in shopping centers. Being and Having (1991) for example, convey strong ideals and perceptions based among persons of the LGBT community. These images reference gender, age, race and identity; all constructed surrounding identity. This body of work similarly plays with performative aspects and play. These works read as iconography, themselves. Catherine Opie has referenced problems of visibility; where the reference to Renaissance paintings in her images declare the individuals as saints or characters. Opies portraits document, celebrate and protect the community and individuals in which she photographs.[14] This Los Angeles focused series sparked her ongoing project "American Cities" (1997–present) which is a collection of panoramic black-and-white photos of quintessential American cities. This series is similar to an earlier work of hers, "Domestic" (1995–1998) which documented her 2-month RV road trip, portraying lesbian families engaging in everyday house- hold activities across the country.[15] Drawing inspiration from transgressive photography of Robert Mapplethorpe, Nan Goldin, and sex radicals, who provided a space for liberals and feminists, Opie has also done work ranging from the studies of master-plan communities to S/M erotica for lesbian owned sex magazines. At the Hammer Museum, Opie was on the first Artist Council (a series of sessions with curators and museum administrators) and served on the board of overseers.[16] Along with fellow artists John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha, Opie served as member of the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 2012, she and the others resigned; however, they joined the museum's 14-member search committee for a new director after Jeffrey Deitch's resignation in 2013.[17] Opie returned in support of the museum's new director, Philippe Vergne, in 2014.[18] She is also on the board of the Andy Warhol Foundation.[4] Along with Richard Hawkins, Opie curated a selection of work by the late artist Tony Greene at the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York.[19]


Publications[edit] Freeways. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Catherine Opie, essays by Kate Bush, Joshua Decter & Russell Ferguson. The Photographers' Gallery, London. Catherine Opie: In Between Here and There. Saint Louis, MO: Saint Louis Art Museum, 2000. With an essay by Rochelle Steiner. Exhibition catalogue. Catherine Opie. The Photographers' Gallery, London, 2000. Catherine Opie: Skyways and Ice Houses. Walker Art Center 2002. 1999 / In and Around Home. The Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art, Ridgefield, CT, and the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, 2006. Chicago (American Cities), curated by Elizabeth T.A. Smith, published by Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2006. Catherine Opie: An American Photographer. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 2008. "Catherine Opie" This is Not to be Looked At. Morse, Rebecca. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2008. Catherine Opie: Empty and Full, Molesworth, Helen, ed. Hatje Cantz, Stuttgart, 2011.


Exhibitions[edit] Catherine Opie, The Photographers' Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Catherine Opie: American Photographer, Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 26 September 2008 – 7 January 2009. It included an encyclopedic exhibition catalogue of all of Opie's almost 200 works since 1988, loosely divided into two sections: portraits and landscapes. Somewhere in the Middle, 2011. Permanent installation in the Hillcrest Hospital Cleveland Clinic. The original work was created to engage hospital visitors, employees, and patients during difficult moments in their life.[20] Catherine Opie: Empty and Full, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2011.[21] Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2016.[22]


Awards[edit] Citibank Private Bank Emerging Artist Award (1997)[citation needed] Washington University Freund Fellowship (1999), to support acquisition and exhibition of contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the teaching of contemporary art at the Washington University School of Art[citation needed] CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts (2003)[23] Larry Aldrich Award (2004)[citation needed] San Francisco Art Institute President's Award for Excellence (2006)[citation needed] United States Artist Fellowship (2006)[24] Women's Caucus for Art: President's Award for Lifetime Achievement (2009)[25] Archives of American Art Medal (2016)[26] National Academy member (2016)[26][27]


References[edit] ^ http://www.regenprojects.com/artists/catherine-opie/biography ^ Steve Appleford (January 27, 2013), Catherine Opie's documentary photography is on display Los Angeles Times. ^ "Catherine Opie - Professor, Photography". UCLA Official website. Retrieved 30 November 2010.  ^ a b Levy, Ariel (March 13, 2017). "Secret Selves". The New Yorker: 58.  ^ a b "Catherine Opie: American Photographer". Guggenheim. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  ^ Liesl Bradner (August 21, 2010), Football and art collide at LACMA Los Angeles Times. ^ Catherine Opie: American Photographer, September 26, 2008 – January 7, 2009 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. ^ Lisa Boone (April 12, 2013), Garden is her canvas, flowers and edibles (and chickens) her paint Los Angeles Times. ^ a b Hilarie M. Sheets (January 27, 2013), Home Views, Bound by Ice or Leather New York Times. ^ Minneapolis Institute of Art. "Untitled #14 (Icehouses)". Minneapolis Institute of Art. Retrieved 24 August 2015.  ^ Getsy, David (2017-02-21). "Catherine Opie, Portraiture, and the Decoy of the Iconography" (PDF). School of the Art Institute in Chicago.  ^ https://archive.is/20120717013454/http://www.afterellen.com/blog/trishbendix/catherine-opie-gives-us-girlfriends ^ a b Guralnik, Orna (2013). "Being and Having an Identity: Catherine Opie". Studies in Gender and Sexuality. 14: 239, 244. doi:10.1080/15240657.2013.818872.  ^ Getsy, David (2017-02-21). "Catherine Opie, Portraiture, and the Decoy of Iconography" (PDF). School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  ^ Gurealnik, Orna (2013). "Being and Having an Identity: Catherine Opie". New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: page 2 – via Routledge Taylor&Francis Group. CS1 maint: Extra text (link) ^ Susan Emerling (April 19, 2009), The Hammer Museum gets together with artists, outside the box Los Angeles Times. ^ Mike Boehm (September 24, 2013), MOCA adds artists who resigned from board to its director search team Los Angeles Times. ^ Mike Boehm and Deborah Vankin (March 19, 2014), Artists return to MOCA board Los Angeles Times. ^ David Ng (November 15, 2013), Whitney Biennial 2014 to include L.A. artists, David Foster Wallace Los Angeles Times. ^ Forester, Ian (3 March 2015). "Catherine Opie: Cleveland Clinic" (Video). Art21. Art21 Annual Fund Contributors. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  ^ ICA. "Catherine Opie". Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Mark and Marie Schwartz, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, Sandy and Les Nanberg, and Regen Projects. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  ^ "A Catherine Opie moment in Los Angeles at MOCA and the Hammer". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-05.  ^ Mike Boehm (October 26, 2010), Herb Alpert-funded awards will pay five artists $75,000 each Los Angeles Times. ^ "London Photography Exhibitions November 2017". jfFrank online. jfFrank. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.  ^ Regen Projects, Catherine Opie. "Biography". Regen Projects. Retrieved 2012-11-26.  ^ a b "Opie receives Smithsonian's Archives of American Art Medal". UCLA. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.  ^ http://www.nationalacademy.org/academy/academicians-elected-in-2016/


External links[edit] Opie at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London Biography at UCLA Artslant review of Opie's high school football Opie in Lacanian Ink 27 Opie interview with Megan Driscoll in Port, 2011 Opie interview with Kyle Fitzpatrick, in Los Angeles I'm Yours, 2012 Opie interview with Russell Ferguson, Index Magazine, 1996 Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 96059854 LCCN: nr98025094 ISNI: 0000 0000 7863 9569 GND: 12052953X SUDOC: 136887910 BNF: cb15502707j (data) ULAN: 500056896 RKD: 223564 SNAC: w66t1bbz PIC: 303613 Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Catherine_Opie&oldid=823072102" Categories: American contemporary artistsAmerican educatorsAmerican women photographersLesbian artistsLandscape photographersPhotographers from CaliforniaPortrait photographers1961 birthsLiving peopleArtists from Los AngelesLGBT people from CaliforniaLGBT people from OhioPeople from Sandusky, OhioCalifornia Institute of the Arts alumniSan Francisco Art Institute alumniUniversity of California, Los Angeles facultyPeople from West Adams, Los Angeles20th-century American photographers21st-century American photographers20th-century American women artists21st-century American women artistsHidden categories: CS1 maint: Extra textArticles with hCardsAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from January 2017Wikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with BNF identifiersWikipedia articles with ULAN identifiersWikipedia articles with RKDartists identifiersWikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiersWikipedia articles with PIC identifiers


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