Catherine Opie (born 1961) is a United State artist specializing in issues within documentary photography. Throughout her work she has investigated aspects of community, making portraits of many groups including the LGBT community; surfers; and most recently high school football players. She's also interested in how identities are shaped by our surrounding architecture. She is currently a professor of Photography at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Her works are displayed in both museums and galleries internationally]. She has numerous catalogs from museum exhibitions which include, Freeways published by MOCA, Los Angeles, Skyways and Ice Houses,published by The Walker Art Center, 1999/ In and Around Home published by the Aldrich Museum, and Chicago by the MCA in Chicago.
Catherine Opie has won numerous awards which include the 1997 Citibank Private Bank Emerging Artist Award, 1999 Washington University Freund Fellowship, 2003 CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, 2004 Larry Aldrich Award, San Francisco Art Institute President's Award for Excellence, and 2006 United States Artist Fellowship.
Her work was featured in a mid- career survey at the Guggenheim Museum in New York from September 26, 2008 till January 5, 2009 curated by Jennifer Blessing. It included an encyclopedic exhibition catalog of all of Opie's work since 1988.
She is currently photographing high school football players throughout America and creating both landscapes and portraits. This body of work is a continuing look at American identity through iconic images and a redefinition of landscape in a photographic practice.
Catherine Opie is represented by Regen Projects, Los Angeles,CA, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England and Studio Guinzani, Milan, Italy.
She obtained a Master's degree from California Institute of the Arts School of Art in 1988. Opie was born in Sandusky, Ohio, and currently lives in Los Angeles.
- Artslant review of Opie's high school football
- Barkeley blog for high school football
- Biography at UCLA
- Catherine Opie in Lacanian Ink 27
- Interview with Catherine Opie - Artkrush.com, July 2006
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