Catherine Opie_NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, FL

12 February, 2017


Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road

February 12 – June 18, 2017

Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road presents new and recent work by Los Angeles-based artist Catherine Opie, an essential figure in contemporary photography.  The exhibition will be on view at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale from February 12 – June 18, 2017.

Taken over the course of six months at the Bel-Air, California residence of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, the exhibition’s photographs are drawn from two series: Closets and Jewels, and 700 Nimes Road. Inspired by William Eggleston’s images of Elvis Presley’s Memphis estate, Graceland, Opie creates a portrait of Taylor from her personal space and mementos.

The artist photographs rooms, closets, shoes, clothing and jewelry that depict an indirect, yet deeply intimate portrait of a life defined by wealth and fame.  With an investigative eye, Opie documents the grandeur and minute details of a home in a range of visual scales.  Scrutiny tempered with restraint allows objects to accumulate, rooms to become landscapes, and clothing to be transformed into fields of color and texture.  Opie’s lens portrays Taylor’s life experience and eccentricity as an illusory subject, one that cannot be specifically designated or precisely described. In the artist’s words, the project is not about the relationship to celebrity, but about “the relationship to what is human.


For further information please visit NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s here.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301