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Catherine Opie, Melissa & Lake, Durham, North Carolina, 1998, C-type print, 40 x 50 cm. © Catherine Opie Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, London, and Seoul

Catherine Opie: Binding Ties

17 Jun 2023
Heide Museum of Modern Art 1 Apr - 9 Jul 2023

What is Catherine Opie doing back in Australia? In 1994, eighteen of her photographs were included in a group exhibition curated by Juliana Engberg at none other than Heide. Titled Persona Cognita, Opie’s work sat amongst fifteen other artists (Jill Orr, Gareth Samson, Julie Rrap, to name a few) and reappeared in 1999, when Engberg also included her in the Melbourne International Biennial 1999. Over the next twenty-four years, Opie’s work would barely be seen in Australia. Only six of her works have been acquired by Australian institutions (two by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and four by the Art Gallery of Western Australia). Back at Heide, three decades later, Catherine Opie: Binding Ties, curated by Brooke Babington, is the artist’s first major survey show in Australia—long overdue for one of the most internationally celebrated American photographers of our time.

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