This comprehensive new exhibition catalogue, published to accompany the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's major mid-career survey of Catherine Opie's work, is the first to gather all of the artist's key projects to date in a single volume. Opie is best known for her subtle but potent portraits of people from the queer communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. In this definitive volume, each of Opie's series--among them Portraits, Freeways, Domestic, Icehouses and In and Around Home--is reproduced in full color plates alongside works that were not displayed in the exhibition, allowing for the most complete overview of this important Los Angeles artist's work to date. In addition, this volume features a lead essay by exhibition curator Jennifer Blessing, which surveys Opie's artistic career and its historical contexts; a series of interviews with the artist by Russell Ferguson, Chair of the Department of Art at UCLA; and a brief personal reflection by internationally renowned novelist Dorothy Allison, whose work explores many concerns similar to Opie's. It also includes introductory essays on each of the artist's series by Nat Trotman, Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim, as well as a newly researched, exhaustive exhibition history and bibliography, making it the primary source for future research on Opie's work.
Catherine Opie was born in Ohio in 1961 and is currently Professor of Photography at UCLA. Opie's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. She has had solo exhibitions of her work at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; St. Louis Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among many others.
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Book Description Guggenheim Museum, NY, 2008. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Fine oblong hardcover in a Fine dust jacket. Clean and bright, as new. Still sealed in the publisher's plastic wrap. Numerous color and b&w photographs. 288 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 2030708
Book Description Guggenheim Museum, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Text by Dorothy Allison, Jennifer Blessing, Russell Ferguson, Nat Trotman. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0892073756
Book Description Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Cloth, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Catherine Opie. Essays by Dorothy Allison, Jennifer Blessing, Russell Ferguson and Nat Trotman. Includes an exhibition history and bibliography. 304 pp., with 272 four-color plates. 10-1/4 x 12-3/8 inches.Published on the occasion of a major retrospective exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. New in publisher's shrink wrap. This comprehensive catalogue of Catherine Opie's work offers the opportunity to appreciate the conceptual links that tie her distinct bodies of work together. Opie's reputation was founded on her portraits made in the early 1990's of gay, lesbian, and transgendered people within the sadomasochist leather culture in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The photographs were provocative and theatrical, and became a locus for the culture wars of the far right. Given the context of a highly-charged political debate, many failed to realize that the work displayed an inspiring humanity. This humanity and strong sense of community is evident throughout all of her work.In Freeways, Opie made a series of small platinum prints of Los Angeles freeways free of cars and people -- elegant panoramas serving as subtle visual metaphors for the divisions among communities. She later photographed Los Angeles homes spanning the divides of class and economic power, and the "temporary communities," of ice houses in Minnesota, and surfers in California.When interviewed for her current mid-career exhibition at the Guggenheim, she states, "We're all together in this - as a species. We should become more human." This beautiful and necessary book adds an important voice to the dialogue about contemporary art, family, community and difference. Bookseller Inventory # 106135
Book Description Guggenheim Museum, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110892073756