Catherine Opie: Surf Photographs from Malibu

Catherine Opie: Surf Photographs from Malibu

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Maxwell Ryan
Apr 20, 2004

Bringing the outdoors to the urban jungle. Catherine Opie is not much older than me, and she was already featured in the Whitney Biennial in 1995. Again, I am a late bloomer. But I have a good eye. Saw these photographs twice in the last week and was really struck by the salty, scrubbed and energetic rawness of these surfers. These are not glamour shots, and I could imagine actually having one of these on my wall in this dense, airless city to give me a burst of fresh air. Remember, I am in a bold, bold, fun mood. You can see her work at her gallery website (Gorney Bravin and Lee), as well as in the current Whitney Biennial.

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