In her work, Catherine Opie has consistently focused her lens on the subcultural phenomena and the castaways of Los Angeles—lonely, mansard-roofed Beverly Hills mansions, freeway underbellies, and stark mini malls. This enlightening focus has earned the photographer Woodbury School of Architecture’s 2013 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award, in honor of which an exhibition is being held at the campus’s WUHO Gallery in Hollywood February 16–March 24 with an awards ceremony at the gallery on March 2.
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.
February 15, 2013