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The Gang (1990)



Installation, Photograph


C-type photographic print

Physical Object Description:

Black and white group portrait


20.3 x 20.3 cm


Presented by the Contemporary Art Society with the support of the Walker Art Gallery, 2014

Ownership history:

Purchased from the Stephen Friedman Gallery, London by the Contemporary Art Society, with support of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 15 January 2014; presented to Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2013/14
Opie came to critical attention in the early 1990s with a body of portraits of gay, lesbian and transgendered men and women drawn from her circle of fellow artists and intimates in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Working across a wide range of subjects, from LA freeways and house facades to high school football players, surfers in Malibu and ice fishers in Minneapolis, Opie explores notions of identity and community and the way they shape one another.

The Gang is part of Opie's Girlfriends series, black-and-white square-format photographs she made in the 1980s and 90s documenting what she refers to as ‘these little moments of sexy desire and memory’. The Gang is one of the more light-hearted photographs in the series, and is an ideal work to address the Walker Art Gallery’s ambition to collect work related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered themes and communities.

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