Crenshaw High School Marching Band, 2007


Archival digital print on 300 gsm fine art rag produced in 2010.

22.00 x 28.00 in

55.9 x 71.1 cm

Edition of 120

Signed and numbered by artist on recto. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity


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About The Work

This work was produced in celebration of "Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The show's primary focus was high-school football, a subject that allowed Opie to explore issues of masculinity, community, and national identity.

For three years, Opie photographed football games and players in seven states across America. Atmospheric cues locate each regional site, while gestures and gazes reveal the adolescent players' disparate psychologies. Looking past the clichés associated with football, Opie perceives diversity in the individuals and communities that celebrate the game. Shown in conjunction with LACMA's exhibition, "Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas Eakins", Opie's work similarly addresses and overturns conventions of idealism and realism.

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  • This work has a 3/8" dent on the lower right edge, and a crease on the lower left corner. Crenshaw High School is located in South Central Los Angeles and its marching band receives a portion of the proceeds from each print.

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