Born in Sandusky, Ohio, 1961.
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
The photographer Catherine Opie's subjects range from gay and lesbian communities to ice houses in Minnesota; as Vince Aletti has written, she "refuses to be pigeonholed." Her current show, "High School Football," on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash through April 14th is divided between portraits of individual players--lanky, baby-faced boys in ill-fitting armature--and wide-angle landscapes of the field and the game.Download PDF The New Yorker Catherine Opie
When I arrived for my visit last fall, Catherine Opie was in her living room with friends, choosing favorites from a group of her portraits of the swimmer Diana Nyad, taken after her recent attempt to navigate the waters between Cuba and Florida. The pictures would soon appear in the New York Times Magazine, to which the photographer contributes when she can find time.Download PDF
Well-known for her documentary photography, Catherine Opie has turned her introspective lens to the all-American pastime of high school football in her most recent collection: "Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Los Angeles-based artist became fascinated by the culture of the sport as it relates to the American landscape and the idea of identity after attending several of her nephew's practices and games in Louisiana a few years ago.Download PDF LA Times Catherine Opie
Recently, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York presented two concurrent exhibitions—"Catherine Opie: American Photographer" and "theanyspacewhatever" (curated by Jennifer Blessing and Nancy Spector, respectively)—and unwittingly staged a crucial aesthetic and ethical debate, which, put succinctly, pits "identity politics" against "regional aesthetics."Download PDF
Catherine Opie proudly calls herself a pervert. In 1994, she even had the word carved into her ample chest, to make one of the most arresting self-portraits since Robert Mapplethorpe photographed himself with a bullwhip in his anus back in the '70s.Download PDF
What began as a study of kinky leather fetishists has become a powerful document of the mainstreaming of gay culture as the Stonewall generation gives way to lesbian soccer moms.Download PDF