The Royal Academy of Art: Artist in Conversation with Catherine Opie

Together, they unpacked how Opie’s work explores notions of identity, her relationship to the queer community, sexuality and belonging. Sometimes described as “social portraiture”, her work encompasses a wide variety of subjects from portraits and seascapes to domestic scenes and deserted freeways, and has established her status as one of the foremost documentarians of contemporary life.

Five of Opie’s portraits of leading British artists were being displayed in the Collection Gallery. She drew on the theatricality of 17th-century Baroque paintings to depict Gillian Wearing, Anish Kapoor, Isaac Julien, David Hockney and Lynee Yiadom-Boakye.


Here is a short extract from the evening