The show, a kind of compact retrospective, includes work from five series the artist has produced over the last two decades: Freeways, Houses, Landscapes, In and Around Home, and Shopkeepers. Opie is the fourth photographer to have received the honor after Iwan Baan (2010), Richard Barnes (2011), and Pedro E. Guerrero (2012); she is the first female and Angeleno to have received the award.
“Cathy encourages us in vivid detail to look at L.A. neighborhoods in the way we may not have done before,” says Emily Bills, who co-curated the show with Karin Higa, who will curate the Hammer Museum’s biennial Made in America in 2014. “It was important for us to carry that line from Julius [Shulman] to other people working in L.A.”
“I’m always thinking about what is iconic, and how to reimagine that,” says Opie. “The images hopefully begin to explore the complexity of Los Angeles as a metropolis.” Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A. runs concurrently with an exhibition of new portraits and landscapes February 23–March 29 at Regen Projects in Los Angeles, as well as Baan’s first major show in the in Los Angeles Perry Rubenstein Gallery February 20–April 13.