NSU Art Musuem Fort Lauderdale presents an intimate look at the home and personal belongings of Elizabeth Taylor through Catherine Opie’s new photography exhibit, 700 Nimes Road. Inspired by William Eggleston’s images of Elvis Presley’s Memphis estate, Graceland Opie creates a portrait of Taylor through carefully capturing the actress’ momentos, jewelry, clothing, shoes, handbags, personal décor and style at her Bel-Air, California residence.
Although Taylor is not the subject of any of the photos, Opie’s exhibit carefully captures her essence. Telling the story not just of WHERE Liz lived, 700 Nimes Road in bel Aire, it captures a deeper story through her most treasured possessions of who she was, by looking at HOW she lived.
Taken over the course of six months, three months before her death, and three months after. Each photo makes its own individual statement, providing its own revelation about the star. These photos together form a collection of ideas or statements that build up, and what takes shape is the anatomy, the true makeup of the woman, that was Elizabeth. Opie’s exhibit creates a more personal, intimate picture than perhaps any physical portrait could have.
CATHERINE OPIE: 700 NIMES ROAD will be on view at Nsu Art Museum Fort Lauderdale February 12 – June 18, 2017
Photos clockwise from top: Andy Warhol to Elizabeth (Self-Portrait Artist), Catherine Opie, Handbag Reflection, Balloon Shades, Holiday Ornament, Trophy Room all from the 700 Nimes Road Portfolio, 2010-2011, courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong