Far better are pictures of Los Angeles mini-malls, in which Opie gets out of her own way. We see storefronts of a Taiwanese dentist next to an Arab hairdresser next to a Chinese dry cleaner next to an Italian pizzeria run by Vietnamese. Admirers say these pictures are about "urban sprawl." This is totally wrong. These pictures echo Opie's urge for normalcy and are images of hope. The mini-malls are portraits of those who have hung placards outside shops in hopes of making their fortune. I love these pictures.
photo: Courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York
Karen Kilimnik's Snow White, 2004
Lonely Hunter A fascinating blandness and a rage for normalcy
Jerry Saltz on Catherine Opie