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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Catherine Opie at Lehmann Maupin Related Press Catherine Opie at Lehmann Maupin Art in America : 1 February 2019

A paranoiac's map of doomsday Los Angeles was the opening salvo in Catherine Opie's exhibition The Modernist. Declaring a new, experimental direction for the artist, the five-by-eight-foot collage combined photographs of the city's iconic midcentury architecture with ominous newspaper clippings and frenetic, hand-drawn flames.

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‘We Are Family’: Aperture Fetes Agnes and Catherine Gund, Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas, Catherine Opie at Fall Gala Related Press ‘We Are Family’: Aperture Fetes Agnes and Catherine Gund, Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas, Catherine Opie at Fall Gala ARTnews : 5 November 2018

Last week, during the Aperture Foundation's fall gala at a cavernous space in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, Marilyn Minter turned to Catherine Opie while the two artists stood onstage together, and said, "I wish you would adopt me." Opie, not missing a beat, deadpanned back, "Can I swaddle you, then?"

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Beauty and Disunity in Two Visions of the United States Related Press Beauty and Disunity in Two Visions of the United States Hyperallergic : 20 April 2018

A nation is a strange, abstracted construction: an aggregate of people, most of whom will never meet each other, who are nevertheless understood to be fellow citizens — that is, collaborators in some shared political project. American Landscape, on view at Lehmann Maupin gallery until May 5, presents two contradictory visions of the United...

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Catherine Opie: Portraits and Landscapes at Thomas Dane Gallery Related Press Catherine Opie: Portraits and Landscapes at Thomas Dane Gallery Contemporary Art Space : 3 November 2017

American photographer Catherine Opie shot to prominence in the early 1990s with a spectacular body of studio portraits of gay, lesbian and transgender women and men drawn from her circle of fellow artists and intimates in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her practice, sometimes described as 'social portraiture', spans across portraits, seascapes,...

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Photographer Catherine Opie On Portraits And Politics Related Press Photographer Catherine Opie On Portraits And Politics Vogue : 3 October 2017

In 2011, after visiting a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at London's National Gallery, the American fine art photographer Catherine Opie conceived the idea of shooting a series of portraits and landscapes inspired by the Old Masters. Last night, for her first show with Thomas Dane Gallery in London, a new chapter in this series was unveiled. Opie...

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Catherine Opie, All-American Subversive Related Press Catherine Opie, All-American Subversive The New Yorker : 9 March 2017

In the course of a thirty-year career, the photographer Catherine Opie has made a study of the freeways of Los Angeles, lesbian families, surfers, Tea Party gatherings, America's national parks, the houses of Beverly Hills, teen-age football players, the personal effects of Elizabeth Taylor, the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Boy Scouts, her...

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National Gallery’s East Building reopens with rich addition to its photo collection Related Press National Gallery’s East Building reopens with rich addition to its photo collection The Washington Post : 28 September 2016

After the National Gallery of Art founded its photography department in 1990, curators focused on building its historic collection of images, dating to the origins of the medium in the 1830s. But at the same time, as it was assembling an overview of the history of photography as an art form, the art form was marching on, and so was the art market....

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Eros and elegy: On L.A.'s queer moment Related Press Eros and elegy: On L.A.'s queer moment ARTNews : 18 August 2016

When I visited Los Angeles this past June, the city was having a queer moment, one anchored by history. Drawing from their 2011 joint acquisition of almost 2,000 artworks by Robert Mapplethorpe, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art staged a two-part retrospective of the photographer’s work. Also at LACMA was...

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'The last taboo is the penis': John Cheim on 'The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Looking at Men' at Cheim & Read Related Press 'The last taboo is the penis': John Cheim on 'The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Looking at Men' at Cheim & Read ARTNews : 10 August 2016

The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Looking at Men, a group show that runs at Cheim & Read through September 2, is as ambitious in scope as it is in ideology, showcasing work by a wide range of artists–including Tracey Emin, Alice Neel, Diane Arbus, and Jenny Holzer–who have applied a nontraditional lens to viewing and depicting...

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What do women see: 'The Female Gaze' Related Press What do women see: 'The Female Gaze' Whitewall : 5 August 2016

Currently on display at Cheim & Read is a look at men from the perspective of 32 female artists. The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men is the second half of a two-part exhibition at the Chelsea gallery.The first debuted in 2009 titled Women Look At Women. This latest exhibition offers multiple portrayals of men through the...

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What to see in New York art galleries this week Related Press What to see in New York art galleries this week The New York Times : 13 June 2016

​Jordan WolfsonBy Roberta SmithJordan Wolfson is a perfectionist with ice water in his veins. Colored Sculpture, his big-budget who’s-buying-that spectacle of mechanized sculpture at David Zwirner, is insistently visceral yet so emotionally neutral as to be kind of maddening.It centers on a demonic Howdy Doody or Huck Finn puppet,...

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Catherine Opie: Portraits, landscapes, and '700 Nimes' Related Press Catherine Opie: Portraits, landscapes, and '700 Nimes' Whitewall : 3 June 2016

The year has had a banner beginning for Catherine Opie. She started the year with openings at Lehmann Maupin's two spaces in New York. By the end of just January, she had another set of openings, in Los Angeles at MOCA Pacific Design Center and the Hammer Museum. The exhibitions spark a dialogue about portraiture from different perspectives, with...

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Generation X: Catherine Opie on Robert Mapplethorpe Related Press Generation X: Catherine Opie on Robert Mapplethorpe Art in America : 7 April 2016

When the traveling retrospective Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment arrived at Cincinnati's Contemporary Art Center (CAC) in 1990, it provoked one of the most notorious episodes of that era's culture wars. As Robert Reid-Pharr discusses in his feature on the celebrated photographer for Art in America's March issue, both the CAC and...

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L.A. habitat: Catherine Opie Related Press L.A. habitat: Catherine Opie Art News : 11 March 2016

'I never thought I would leave the Bay Area,' Catherine Opie said one afternoon last December over a cappuccino at her studio. Opie, who was born in 1961, had moved from Ohio to San Diego with her family when she was 13. Later she moved north to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, and she liked it there. 'I was very happy about...

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L.A Story: Catherine Opie on her controversial photographs of Los Angeles subcultures, in 1998 Related Press L.A Story: Catherine Opie on her controversial photographs of Los Angeles subcultures, in 1998 ArtNews : 25 January 2016

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“L.A. Story”By Suzanne MuchnicFrom the leather crowd to mini-malls, Catherine Opie trains her...

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Personal effects: Catherine Opie Related Press Personal effects: Catherine Opie Interview Magazine : 23 December 2015

Photographer Catherine Opie is known for her seemingly disparate interests; some of her most famous series have been of S&M enthusiasts and high school football players. But Opie's work is united by a desire to chip away society's one-dimensional imagining of her subjects. So she seized the opportunity when Elizabeth Taylor, shortly...

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Making photos, not taking them; the distinction in 'Perfect Likeness' Related Press Making photos, not taking them; the distinction in 'Perfect Likeness' LA Times : 8 July 2015

Last year a Silicon Valley researcher estimated that more than 1.5 billion new photographs are posted every day on just the larger social media platforms, such as Facebook, Reddit and Snapchat.A new exhibition at the UCLA Hammer Museum proposes that, in response to this visually numbing fact, a distinctive strain of photography has slowly...

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