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Catherine Opie Art

American, b. 1961

American photographer Catherine Opie has not only documented the cultural shift of the last few decades, she has also lived it. Once an outsider shooting her own “fringe community,” Opie is celebrated today for her evocative black and white and color photography and her confrontational examination of gender conventions. Through her lens, she investigates themes of individual identity and community.

Opie was born in Ohio in 1961 and spent her childhood in the Midwest. When she was 13, her family moved to California, where she set up a darkroom in the spare bedroom of the new house and started taking photographs. She received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1985, followed by an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1988.

Opie started gaining recognition in the 1990s for her intimate studio portraits featuring other lesbian, gay and transgender artists and personal friends. Harkening back to traditional Renaissance-style portrait paintings, the photographs helped increase the visibility of marginalized communities as the fight for LGBTQ rights took shape

Opie has embraced a range of additional subject matter. She traveled across the United States to photograph widely varying but quintessentially American groups, from high school football players to members of a staunchly conservative political movement. She documented ice-fishing sheds in Minnesota, the 2008 US presidential inauguration, the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival and anything and everything that caught her interest. For 2015’s 700 Nimes Road (DelMonico Books/Prestel), Opie trained her eclectic lens on the house and personal belongings of Elizabeth Taylor

Opie has been teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 2001 and has garnered numerous prestigious awards for her work, including the Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, the Guggenheim’s “Catherine Opie: American Photographer” exhibition spanned four floors and attracted thousands of people every day until it closed. 

Despite her recognition and accolades, Opie continues to prefer subversive imagery. "Photographs are different these days," she told Introspective magazine in 2020. "The ones I like best are from those people who are bearing witness, like images of the protestors."

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Still from the Modernist
By Catherine Opie
Located in New York, NY
This photograph by Catherine Opie was produced in an edition of 70 in 2022, and is offered by CLAMP in New York City.
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2010s Contemporary Catherine Opie Art

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Archival Pigment

Los Angeles Women’s March
By Catherine Opie
Located in New York, NY
Catherine Opie is known for her powerfully dynamic photography that examines the ideals and norms surrounding the culturally constructed American dream and American identity. In "L...
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2010s Contemporary Catherine Opie Art

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Archival Paper, Pigment

Curators, Catherine Opie Signed Vintage Photograph
By Catherine Opie
Located in Surfside, FL
CATHERINE OPIE (b. 1961, OH), SIGNED Vintage limited edition Photograph Born in Sandusky, OH, Catherine Opie received a BFA from San Francisco Art Inst...
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20th Century Catherine Opie Art

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Silver Gelatin

Untitled #19
By Catherine Opie
Located in New York, NY
Opie’s series 1999 documents her second epic road trip to capture America leading up to the new Millenium; her first was Domestic (1995-98). The landscap...
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1990s Contemporary Catherine Opie Art

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C Print

Football Landscape #3 (Notre Dame vs. St. Thomas More, Lafayette, LA)
By Catherine Opie
Located in New York, NY
These photographs belong to Opie’s ;High School Football' series, which examines the culture of American masculinity and the passage from adolescence to manhood. The 'Football' seri...
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2010s Contemporary Catherine Opie Art

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Pigment

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Catherine Opie art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Catherine Opie art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of blue and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Catherine Opie in pigment print, archival pigment print, c print and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 21st century and contemporary and is mostly associated with the contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Catherine Opie art, so small editions measuring 23 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of David Seiler, Rachel Stenclik, and Kim MacConnel. Catherine Opie art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at £3,628 and tops out at £32,252, while the average work can sell for £16,126.

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