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Catherine Opie

Untitled #11, 2011

Inkjet print
50 × 37 in
127 × 94 cm
Edition 2/5
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About the work
MOCA Cleveland Benefit Auction
Signature
Signed, verso
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects. Los Angeles
Catherine Opie
American, b. 1961
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Catherine Opie raised eyebrows with her early 1990s studio portraits of gay, lesbian, and transgendered men and women associated with California’s sadomasochist leather subculture. Most jarring were two self-portraits showing self-inflicted wounds, respectively forming a child-like image of a house and two women holding hands (Cutting, 1993) and the word “pervert” carved into her skin (Pervert, 1994). For all the provocation, however, Opie’s work contains elements of documentary and classicism, and seeks empathy with its subjects. For instance, the 1995 marriage portraits she shot in homes across the country exposed the public to the poignancy of female domestic partnerships. The theme of inclusion versus exclusion runs throughout her ongoing exploration of communal, sexual, and cultural identities, which takes the form of cityscapes, landscapes, and even depictions of football games, along with her signature portraits.

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About the work
MOCA Cleveland Benefit Auction
Signature
Signed, verso
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects. Los Angeles
Catherine Opie
American, b. 1961
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Catherine Opie raised eyebrows with her early 1990s studio portraits of gay, lesbian, and transgendered men and women associated with California’s sadomasochist leather subculture. Most jarring were two self-portraits showing self-inflicted wounds, respectively forming a child-like image of a house and two women holding hands (Cutting, 1993) and the word “pervert” carved into her skin (Pervert, 1994). For all the provocation, however, Opie’s work contains elements of documentary and classicism, and seeks empathy with its subjects. For instance, the 1995 marriage portraits she shot in homes across the country exposed the public to the poignancy of female domestic partnerships. The theme of inclusion versus exclusion runs throughout her ongoing exploration of communal, sexual, and cultural identities, which takes the form of cityscapes, landscapes, and even depictions of football games, along with her signature portraits.

Catherine Opie

Untitled #11, 2011

Inkjet print
50 × 37 in
127 × 94 cm
Edition 2/5
Bidding closed
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