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Catherine Opie (B. 1961)
Catherine Opie (B. 1961)

Divinity Fudge

Catherine Opie (B. 1961)
Divinity Fudge
signed 'Catherine Opie' (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)
chromogenic print
60 x 30in. (152.4 x 76.2cm.)
Executed in 1997, this work is number three from an edition of eight plus two artist's proofs
Regen Projects, Los Angeles.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2009.
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Catherine Opie: American Photographer, 2008-2009 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated in colour, p. 66).

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Lot Essay

'[Catherine] Opie's Potraits celebrate the bravery of her subjects' decisions to craft their own identities in the face of restrictive social norms. At the same time, these images refuse to place community within any explicit critical discourse, despite the significant political implications of such transformations. Representatives of the destabilisation of gender itself, Opie's sitters fell between the cracks of organised political movements...Opie's Portraits series documents this living community and renders visible an otherwise invisible or misunderstood sector of American culture with characteristic respect and compassion'

(N. Trotman quoted in N. Trotman, Catherine Opie: American Photographer, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2008-2009, p. 53).

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