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Catherine Opie: harmony is fraught


This catalogue documents harmony is fraught, Catherine Opie’s 2024 exhibition at Regen Projects, a presentation of more than sixty never-before-seen photographs by the artist drawn from over thirty years of making pictures in and of Los Angeles. Illustrated by more than 100 color and black-and-white images—including every work in the exhibition as well as comprehensive installation photography—this one-of-a-kind volume sheds new light on a variety of subjects familiar to Opie’s expansive oeuvre. It includes intimate portraits of lovers and friends; documentary-style photographs of iconic and lesser-known landmarks and historical events; unprecedented experiments in self-portraiture; and scenes of queer life from the 1990s to the present. In “Catherine Opie’s Multiverse,” a new catalogue essay penned in response to the artist's exhibition, Karen Tongson considers the analogical relationship between the timelessness of Opie’s photographs and the city of Los Angeles itself, with its “jarring juxtapositions between 1920s Spanish balconies, mid-century dingbats, aspirational tudors and cloverleaf on-ramps to the future.”


Foreward by Shaun Caley Regen, exhibition press release by Grant Johnson, and design by Jose Luis G. Lopez


Published by Regen Projects