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November 02, 2009

MAO Art Buy of the Month.. by Catherine Opie only $650 !!

OK.. this one if going to sellout very quickly. So act now.. or it will be gone.

This is a photograph by a MAO favorite artist... Catherine Opie.

You probably saw Catherine Opie's huge blockbuster solo show at the Guggenheim Museum last year, or bought her amazing photobook.. Catherine Opie American Photographer.

Anyway.. Catherine Opie is possibly one of the most important American photographers of her generation, MAO frequently thinks of her as the Walker Evans of the 21st Century. No matter if you love her work or not.. every viewer MAO knows will certainly have something to say once you've seen Catherine Opie's photographs. Which is always one of the marks of an important artist. Only time will tell.

For MAO, Catherine has truly been the voice and eyes of the new generation in contemporary art photography. Her work is always loaded with powerful social and political punches.  Which is exactly what makes this particular photo super striking. 

Actually, MAO was a bit shocked our friends at Aperture didn't tell us about this in new limited edition in advance, but MAO was luckily enough to be tipped off today by a very kind devoted blog reader.Thank You.. Thank You.. THANK YOU!!

This is an amazing deal, at only $650, and this image will go up in price very quickly as the edition sells out.

FYI.. Catherine Opie prints sell for huge amounts of money! MAO thinks the last ones we saw at an art fair were starting at $9,000 for similar size images. Plus this is a great powerful and political image by Catherine Opie. An image... so very "Of our Time!" We loved it, and can't wait to see if Catherine has done more work like this.   Buy it here...NOW! You won't regret it.

Catherine_opie_30_miutes "30 Minutes after the Inauguration"

Catherine Opie ( b. 1961)

edition size: 25 and 5 artist’s proofs
image size:
paper size: 16 x 20 in.

$650 - ..oops.. Now Just $750 

Price to increase thereafter

FYI..We confirmed with Aperture Officials.. This Photo is signed and editioned by Catherine Opie


Catherine Opie's photographs include series of portraits and American urban landscapes, ranging in format from large-scale color works to smaller black and white prints. Moving from the territory of the body to the framework of the city, Opie's various photographic series are linked together by a conceptual framework of cultural portraiture. Catherine Opie's "Inauguration" series continues Opie's exploration of documentary photography and examines the historic significance of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. These photographs capture this moment in American history and reveal not only its glory but also the aftermath which is not revealed in the media.

Aperture is pleased to make this very special limited-edition photograph by acclaimed contemporary artist Catherine Opie available to our collecting audience.

Catherine Opie was born in 1961. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1985, and an MFA from CalArts in 1998. In 2000, Opie was appointed Professor of Fine Art at Yale University, and in 2001 she accepted the position of Professor of Photography at UCLA. Catherine Opie has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2008, a mid-career survey of her work, entitled, "Catherine Opie: American Photographer," was on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Recent solo exhibitions have been organized by the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Saint Louis Art Museum, the Photographers’ Gallery in London, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Opie has also exhibited at Regen Projects in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, SITE Santa Fe, the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva, Switzerland and the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, California.


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are these signed and numbered?

^ no

And this is better than the usual crap, sorry I mean "art" she puts out, an interesting image in its way, but seriously when you look at this print do you think "Opie?" I would have never ever guessed. You're only paying anything for it because of the "name." I'm sure there were thousand of photographs taken at this event deemed worthless because they're by a no name.

I've never seen anyone get so famous whose work is so bland and indistinctive. The only time the work is recognizable as "Opie" is when it's one of her cliched lbtg portraits.

Thanks for the reply, MAO. That seems like a very high price to be paying for a poster. Dang.

Also, I think it is uncool that Aperture does not state when something is unsigned.

you do have talent for digging up 2nd. rate
as the latest flavor of the moment .

Yeah, there are not enough top artists like Shepard Fairey on this site

FYI.. Sorry if MAO or the Aperture site wasn't clear.

I've been told.. by people at Aperture.. that the photo is Signed by Catherine Opie.

At least Fairey was trying to be inventive
however banal -but Opie snaps a shot and
the hype to make it valid begins .,chewing
gum photographs for the patheic group
that" look" at" pitchers" that have to be explained away to them. Yawn !!!!!

This work is truly a photo journalist work, there is really nothing special about it. I have such images of this right after the inauguration. People should google a a bit, you'll find better pictures for less the price or even free.

at a buck , it is still overpriced, seems -
like you have quite a vested interest in
this photgrapher..you sound like a
desparate auctioneer or car salesman.

I agree with some of the comments about Opies work and I dont see why she gets the praise she does. That being said being a novice in photo collecting I took MAO's advice and bought the photo. I just got it today and I love it. What I realize its all about the image and not the artist and this image is great. thanks MAO

>you sound like a desparate auctioneer or car salesman

If you don't like Opie, and I can certainly understand that, fine. But to call Mao desperate and a used car salesman for posting about a cheap benefit photo is just idiotic.

This would have made a GREAT 20x200 print

notmilka just read the opening hype and
go to a used car lot -you will get the same
bla , bla - going fast - hurry up and buy
-an "amazing" car etc . etc . buy now or it will be gone by afternoon etc etc. seems
like a real hustler to me . The work is about as valid a" historical "significance"as the
three "classical" musicians faking their
playing .. remember that ? The art world
is full of fakers, but not outdone by the
world photography.

Based upon the praise given to Opie, I really wanted to buy this piece. You didn't sound so much like a car salesman as someone suggested. You just sounded genuinely enthusiastic. Sadly, the piece didn't do too much for me.

I love your site though. You seem like a true art lover.

It reminds me of a wasteland. Everything is trashed or destroyed. Everyone has become nomads, trying to survive in the "post-apocalyptic" United States

Interesting comment there Franco, I somehow feel that this is yet to come in the future, perhaps for the worst.

Hey Franco, i just wanted to take this time to tell you that you put a great effort on this blog and yes i would like to afree with the comment above me this is yet to come before our eyes in the future.

Just wanted to let MAO know that Cathie made this work into a "Gatherings" series that will be exhibiting at the ICA Boston this Spring.

It reminds me of a wasteland. Everything is trashed or destroyed.

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