David Catherine Opie Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

David Catherine Opie Cartwright Hall Art Gallery



David (2017) by Catherine Opie, photographic print, edition of 5, lent from private collection.

Catherine Opie is considered one of the leading photographers of her generation and one of the foremost documentarians of American life. The language of painting has imbued the portraits Opie has made throughout her career, the compositions recalling the Old Master paintings she first saw as a young girl visiting museums through the Mid-West.

David taken from the exhibition Portraits and Landscapes (2017) shares the same qualities as the rest of the series – rich in colour, a sparse and formal composition recalling European 17th century portraiture. Hockney is posed in front of a black drop cloth and theatrically lit, his face rendered in intimate detail. Opie is encouraging the viewer to slow down and stare: in an age of image saturation and high-speed turnover of our visual environment this photograph demands our attention.

Image copyright Catherine Opie, courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery.

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Dates Times
Thu 3 Jan – Sun 7 Jul 2019

Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm – please note: we are closed on Mondays

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am – 4pm

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Thu 3 Jan – Sun 7 Jul David (2017) by Catherine Opie
Thu 24 Jan – Mon 8 Jul 100 Years of Bradford Painters
Thu 24 Jan – Sun 7 Apr Puppets & Lanterns: Cecil Green Arts
Sat 26 Jan – Sun 9 Jun Paralympic Heritage – Stories from Bradford
Wed 27 Feb – Sun 5 May Bradford Open 2019
Wed 10 Apr – Sun 22 Sep We are West Yorkshire: Bradford People