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Catherine Opie

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Flipping the Gaze: How Do Women Artists Look at Men?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Berenice Abbott, Ellen Altfest, Ghada Amer, Diane Arbus, Gina Beavers, Lynda Benglis, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Katherine Bradford, Cecily Brown, Kathe Burkhart, Lois Dodd, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Katy Grannan, Grace Graupe-Pillard, EJ Hauser, Celia Hempton, Jenny Holzer, Chantal Joffe, Sarah Lucas, Catherine Murphy, Alice Neel, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr, Dana Schutz, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Sylvia Sleigh, Betty Tompkins, Nicole Wittenberg, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Cheim & Read June 23rd, 2016 - August 31st, 2016
Posted 8/15/16
In 2009, Cheim & Read hung the provocative group show  Women Look at Women, which showcased women artists taking control of their own images. In an encore presentation this summer, women artists turn their gaze this time toward men, reversing one of art’s most long-standing power structures. The Female Gaze Part II: Women Look at Men brings together work from 32 artists, all utilizing the subject of men, or the male body, as a way to confront, or even turn the tables on the Male Gaze, which... [more]
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The Sensual Writ with Blood: Catherine Opie’s O Series Exposes Intimacy in S&M Photography   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Catherine Opie at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art February 13th, 2016 - October 2nd, 2016
Posted 3/15/16
For the first time in Los Angeles, the entirety of Catherine Opie’s black-and-white photogravures from her series is on display at the Hammer Building at LACMA. In conversation with two other shows Opie currently has up in Los Angeles—700 Nimes Road at MOCA and Portraits, also at LACMA—as well as with Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, on view now at LACMA, the seven images are contextualized in a larger photography moment. Opie’s work has long mediated the contradictions between... [more]
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A very very big show in a relatively small room   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Lewis Baltz, Uta Barth, Lothar Baumgarten, Walead Beshty, Lucas Blalock, Mark Borthwick, Josh Brand, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Talia Chetrit, Anne Collier, Sarah Conaway, Luc Delahaye, Thomas Demand, Liz Deschenes, Rineke Dijkstra, Saul Fletcher, Lee Friedlander, Amy Granat, John Houck, Barbara Kasten, Annette Kelm, Josh Kolbo, Luisa Lambri, Elad Lassry, Leigh Ledare, Tim Lee, Jochen Lempert, Hanna Liden, Armin Linke, Sharon Lockhart, Jean-Luc Moulène, Catherine Opie, Eileen Quinlain, Alison Rossiter, Melanie Schiff, Collier Schorr, Bruno Serralongue, Shirana Shahbazi, Erin Shirreff, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, James Welling, Chris Wiley at Galerie Marian Goodman - Paris June 28th, 2013 - August 2nd, 2013
Posted 7/9/13
I've become increasingly aware of how people find negative reviews so much more entertaining than positive reviews, and so I'm about to let everyone down. This is a really great show, and an unusual one, and interesting for lots of different reasons; but really one main one. It's also worth saying that the title/name of the exhibition really is fitting for the experience of seeing the show. The big main thing to say is it's a curated show, although Jens Hoffmann prefers the tag 'exhibition... [more]
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Invaluable Objects   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Jeremy Blake, Nayland Blake, Mathew Brady, Chuck Close, Mary Ellen Mark, Kate Gilmore, Chris Johanson, Martin Kippenberger, Harmony Korine, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Catherine Opie, Andres Serrano, Roman Signer, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems at Will Brown January 27th, 2012 - March 4th, 2012
Posted 2/28/12
An honest-to-god list of works of art that I have touched when no one was looking: Mary Cassatt's Van Gogh's Room at ArlesandSkull with Burning CigaretteRoy Lichtenstein's Meatassorted Picassosmaybe a Rothko or twoa very old bust of Nefertiti We all have ways of giving release to our sense of anomie. As a child—young, eager, completely overwhelmed by the systems of power that sanction value among inanimate objects—I exercised a feeble sense of power by touching anything that I was told... [more]
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Seen and Not Seen   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Berenice Abbott, George Bellows, AA Bronson, Romaine Brooks, Thomas Eakins, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Marsden Hartley, Jasper Johns, Annie Leibovitz, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Catherine Opie, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, John Singer Sargent, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz at National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) October 30th, 2010 - February 13th, 2011
Posted 12/6/10
      I saw David Wojnarowicz’s , 1987, the day before it was pulled from the exhibition "Hide/Seek" at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibit itself has been touted by the gallery as “The first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of American portraiture.” Because of pressure from the Catholic League, and complaints from Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor (amongst others who haven’t actually seen the exhibition), the show has been... [more]
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Absence in Abstraction   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Berenice Abbott, George Bellows, AA Bronson, Romaine Brooks, Thomas Eakins, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Marsden Hartley, Jasper Johns, Annie Leibovitz, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Catherine Opie, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, John Singer Sargent, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz at National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) October 30th, 2010 - February 13th, 2011
Posted 12/4/10
      Embroiled in controversy—it's what you’d expect from an exhibition about gay portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.  In fact, it’s rather surprising that the controversy didn’t arise until a month after the show was open—just in time for World AIDS Day.  On November 30th, the Catholic League complained about David Wojnarowicz's 1987 video piece , a “vile video” that could be interpreted as nothing more than an attack on Christianity, all because of a section of... [more]
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Endless Picture Industry   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Justin Beal, Billy Al Bengston, Scott Benzel, Gil Blank, Jennifer Bornstein, Carol Bove, Cameron, Anne Collier, R. Crumb, Lucy Dodd, Sam Durant, Roe Ethridge, Amy Granat, Guyton\Walker, Drew Heitzler, Ed Kienholz, Margaret Kilgallen, Nate Lowman, John McCracken, Adam McEwen, Aleksandra Mir, Dave Muller, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Phillips, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Reena Spaulings, Vincent Szarek, Christopher Williams at Blum & Poe July 3rd, 2010 - August 28th, 2010
Posted 8/23/10
Review also includes “Picture Industry (Goodbye to All That).” Organized by Walead Beshty at Regen Projects.   Both of these artist-curated, large group shows gather an impressive all-my-cool-friends and heavy-hitters list of players and both claim, in their statements, to be in large part organized in response to an ambivalent experience or conflicted impression of Los Angeles as a formative urban, cultural context. Both shows are full of really good individual works. Couched in terms of... [more]
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More Human Than Human   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Eleanor Antin, Jennifer Bornstein, Juan Capistran, Bruce Conner, Rodney Graham, Colter Jacobsen, Tim Lee, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Kristen Morgin, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, Allen Ruppersberg, Mark Soo, Ron Terada, Mario Garcia Torres, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, James Welling at CCA Wattis Institute January 19th, 2010 - April 10th, 2010
Posted 3/8/10
      Empathy, he once had decided, must be limited to herbivores or anyhow ominvores who could depart from a meat diet. Because, ultimately, the empathic gift blurred the boundaries between hunter and victim, between the successful and the defeated.   Science fiction is an art of prophecy, a process of historicizing the present, a reflection of an ongoing present as past, and a refraction of future permutations. The imaginary, symbolic, and real become interwoven through a... [more]
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They Were There   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Robert Arneson, Lutz Bacher, Kota Ezawa, Roger Fenton, Francisco Goya, Danny Lyon, Catherine Opie, Trevor Paglen, Adrian Piper, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive July 22nd, 2009 - December 20th, 2009
Posted 7/28/09
Material Witness brings together works of art from the Berkeley Art Museum collection, ranging from Francisco Goya's The Disasters of War to new acquisitions such as Carrie Mae Weems's The Capture of Angela, that can be seen as forms of witness. Evidencing truths and questioning commonly held beliefs in modes that vary from reportage to activist response, the works in Material Witness offer distinctive, often critical views of current affairs and cultural memory. Goya's famous series of... [more]
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Livestrong in Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Rosson Crow, Jules de Balincourt, Dzine, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, KAWS, Geoff McFetridge, Barry McGee, Jin Meyerson, Yoshitomo Nara, Catherine Opie, JOSE PARLA, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Kenny Scharf, Taryn Simon, Eric White, Robert Wilson, Christopher Wool at Galerie Perrotin - Turenne July 16th, 2009 - August 8th, 2009
Posted 7/25/09
Lance Armstrong launches a global art exhibition and sale that provides a new way to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation and its LIVESTRONG™ Global Cancer Campaign. “Stages” brings together close to 30 of the world’s most creative and diverse artists to create original works of art inspired by Armstrong and his mission to raise awareness of the global cancer burden. This unique project brings together the world of art, philanthropy and sport, in a way never before seen, to... [more]
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Blue in the Face   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Burke, George Condo, Mike Dee, Kim Dingle, David Dupuis, David Hendren, Damien Hirst, Anthony James, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, Rachel Lachowicz, Kim McCarty, Catherine Opie, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, Simmons, George Stoll, Tam Van Tran, Maberry / Walker, Millie Wilson, Rob Wynne at Kim Light / LightBox May 23rd, 2009 - July 2nd, 2009
Posted 6/15/09
      Kim Light moved into Maloney Fine Art's space, and in their first venture together they have mounted a group show, .  The group of artists is diverse, but the works are tied together by, you guessed it, the color blue.  In such a small space, this is actually a good approach to a group show.  It's hung salon style, works stacked on top of each other, creating a patchwork of sorts.  Sure, the pieces distract from each other and there isn't much space to really step back and look at, for... [more]
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On the Road   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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verda alexander, Eleanor Antin, Jane Benson, Val Britton, Jeff Brouws, C5, Margarita Cabrera, Sophie Calle, Steven Deo, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Candace Plummer Guadiani, Gilbert Guerrero, Charles LaBelle, Dorothea Lange, Roger Minick, Wright Morris, Catherine Opie, Sasha Petrenko, Kathleen Quillian, Lordy Rodriguez, Ed Ruscha, Gregory Shephard, Tracey Snelling, Indigo Som, Zoe Sonenberg, Amy Stein, Joseph Wilhelm, Sandra Wong at San Jose Museum of Art September 19th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 12/28/08
  There's something undeniably, seductively about the concept of the road trip. The phrase necessarily conjures images of vast expanses of land, endless open roads, lonely pit-stop diners, and garish neon motel signs forever winking VACANT into the night—images all uniquely American. It's no wonder; qualities inherited from our pioneering predecessors—a (sub)conscious desire to embrace uncertainty, pursue possibility, seek the unknown, and, of course, to be free—find perfect expression in the... [more]
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Kiki at Ratio 3   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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D-L Alvarez, Lutz Bacher, Nayland Blake, Jerome Caja, Kota Ezawa, Vincent Fecteau, Cliff Hengst, Scott Hewicker, Rick Jacobsen, Chris Johanson, Keith Mayerson, karla milosevich, Yoko Ono, Catherine Opie, Rex Ray, Brett Reichman, Michelle Rollman, Wayne Smith, Jim Winters at Ratio 3 June 27th, 2008 - August 2nd, 2008
Posted 6/28/08
Just down the street from its original location at 14th and Guerrero, the Kiki Gallery--by all accounts a tiny, interdisciplinary space--has been resurrected by artist Colter Jacobsen and writer Kevin Killian at Ratio 3. Comprised almost entirely of works shown at Kiki, during its short yet fervent 18 month run, the exhibit chronicles Kiki owner, Rick Jacobsen’s vision and devotion to the arts in San Francisco. Opened in 1993, Kiki played host to a number of interestingly themed shows (the... [more]
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Opie's Appeal   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Catherine Opie at Regen Projects (Hollywood) April 10th, 2008 - May 17th, 2008
Posted 4/20/08
Without explicitly privileging either tendency as the basis of her practice, Catherine Opie at once underscores the everydayness of her subjects and transcends this everydayness with an unrelenting elegance of form. Recent series such as (2001) and Surfers (2003) have cemented Opie's interest in elevating her subjects without alienating them from their found context, so that the remarkable poise and poignancy of the finished photograph reads as the fortunate yield of an essentially documental... [more]
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