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Title

The Bloods, Memorial

2004
printed 2005


Artist

Catherine Opie

United States of America

1961 -


About

Catherine Opie graduated MFA from CalArts in 1988, she has been teaching at UCLA since 2001. Opie came to notice in the 1990s with her photography of transgendered people and Los Angeles subcultures. She has, more recently photographed surfers along the California coast (these were featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial), the South Central/West Adams area of Los Angeles where she now lives (‘In and around home’), completed a photo-essay on Chicago, a portrait series on children, and a series on high school footballers (2007). Her exhibition history since the mid 1990s has been extensive throughout Europe, Japan and the US, and she is also an extremely prolific artist producing 19 series in the last 12 years.

Opie’s photography is in many ways an extended and ongoing self portrait, from herself in a variety of roles to the people she knows well through to the environments they variously inhabit, and onto the travels she takes into the interior of the US or along the coast.

In the 2005 series ‘In and around home’, Opie continues her abiding interest in ‘family’. While these appear to be less formal and constructed than her portraits or freeways for example, they are as revealing of life as it is lived in her local LA area.


Details


Dates

2004
printed 2005


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

type C photograph


Edition

1/5 + 2 APs


Dimensions

41.0 x 50.7 cm image; 53.4 x 63.5 cm mount; 66.4 x 56.3 x 3.8 cm frame


Credit

Gift of Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth 2009


Location

Not on display


Accession number

331.2009


Artist information

Catherine Opie

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jennifer Blessing, Catherine Opie: American photographer, 2008, 224-225.