Art July, 27 2010

“Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape” at LACMA

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Now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art features recent work by the internationally renowned and LA-based photographer Catherine Opie. The show’s primary focus is high-school football, a subject that allowed Opie to explore issues of masculinity, community, and national identity. Over the last three years, Opie photographed football games and players in seven states across America. Atmospheric cues locate each regional site, while gestures and gazes reveal the adolescent players’ disparate psychologies. Looking past the clichés associated with football, Opie perceives diversity in the individuals and communities that celebrate the game. Shown in conjunction with LACMA’s exhibition Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas Eakins, Opie’s work similarly addresses and overturns conventions of idealism and realism.

The exhibition runs to October 17, 2010.

Learn about Manly Pursuits after the jump.

Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape at LACMA

Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas Eakins celebrates LACMA’s 2007 acquisition of Eakins’s great sporting painting, Wrestlers, 1899. The exhibition will examine the work in a broad thematic context, providing a rare opportunity to consider the history of sporting images in the oeuvre of this icon of American nineteenth-century art. While his rowing paintings and swimming images were each the focus of special exhibitions, no show has ever been devoted to the varied array of sporting images Eakins depicted. Moreover, while Eakins exhibitions have been increasingly frequent on the East Coast, they have been rare at West Coast venues. Manly Pursuits will trace Los Angeles’s long but little known association with Eakins’s art. The exhibition is curated by Ilene Susan Fort, The Gail & John Liebes Curator of American Art at LACMA.

Same as Figure and Landscape, Manly Pursuits is on view through October 17, 2010.