LGBTQ

Catherine Opie talks selfies, AIDS and her shift from representation to abstraction

Catherine Opie began shooting photographs at the height of the AIDS crisis. Her portraits of LGBTQ people were born from the urgency of the moment: She was watching her friends die. Over the years, her work has evolved from documentary portraiture and landscapes toward greater abstraction and a study of her internal self. In advance of her artists' talk at Anderson Ranch, Opie spoke with Westword about shifts in her work and the LGBTQ community, and the purpose of photography in the age of the selfie. See also: Sue Scott on women artists, getting into museums, feminism and her new book
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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