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 Catherine Opie  (1961 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Ohio      Known for: portrait, site specific installation, photography

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Sandusky, Ohio and becoming a tenured professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Catherine Opie is a photographer and installation artist.  In 2008, her photographs were featured in a retrospective exhibition of her work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Themes of her artwork are the diversity of human existence and individuals' senses of belonging within the varying paths of life.  Her realistic photography reflects her fascination with subcultures, architecture and portraiture.  Her first one-person exhibition, 13 color portraits, was in 1991 in New York at Gallery 494, and since then she has done many portraits as well as a series on 'houses' and domestic arrangements including lesbian families that reflect her own family life with her partner, artist Julie Burleigh and their children.

Her education includes study in 1985 ant the San Francisc Art Institute and earning an M.F.A. in 1988 from the California Insitute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

Selected Honors:

1999 Washington University Freund Fellowship

1997 Citibank Private Bank Emerging Artist Award

Jean Dykstra, "OPTE", Art in America, December 2008, pp. 128-135

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