In honor of her two shows at Lehmann Maupin and her show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles opening this weekend, below is a profile of Catherine Opie from the September 1998 issue of ARTnews. —The Editors, ARTnews
By Suzanne Muchnic
From the leather crowd to mini-malls, Catherine Opie trains her lens on the subcultures of Los Angeles.
Sitting down at a table in the reception area of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art as if she were in her own living room, Catherine Opie opens a big black box of photographs. Freshly scrubbed and casually dressed in jeans and a striped shirt, the 36-year-old artist is the picture of unpretentious confidence—an all too rare example of an artist who has been catapulted from obscurity into the limelight and knows how to handle it. As the first winner of the Los Angeles museum’s Emerging Artist Award, Opie was recently honored with a show of her black-and-white photographs of freeways and mini-malls.