Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A.
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“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.”

House #7 (Beverly Hills) 1995, from Opie’s Houses series. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie “Cathy photographs in such a way that—just as in her portraits—you see these carefully detailed facades that express the personalities behind the houses,” says Bills.

“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.

Untitled #34 from Freeway series, 1995. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie

“Part of my interest in photography is the way the camera can be used as tool in relation to creating history—150 years from now maybe there aren’t going to be any more cars on these structures, but the structures will remain,” says Opie.

House #11 (Beverly Hills), 1995, from Houses. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie

House #3 (Beverly Hills), 1995, from Houses. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie

Landscape #3 (Doheny Drive), 1996, from Landscapes. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie

Landscape #4 (Doheny Drive), 1996, from Landscapes. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie

Oliver in a Tutu, 2004, from In and Around Home. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie

Tavir (Gas Station), 2011, from Shopkeepers. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie

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