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Dennis Hopper Double Standard at MOCA Los Angeles

Double Standard Photograph by Dennis Hopper
Double Standard Photograph by Dennis Hopper

Actor/director Dennis Hopper is also an accomplished painter and photographer. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the world. Dennis Hopper’s work includes portraits of 1960s personalities from the art, film and music circles that he belonged to, including such well known names as Andy Warhol, Ike and Tina Turner, Bill Cosby and Paul Newman.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), has announced Dennis Hopper Double Standard, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, July 11 through September 26, 2010. The show is described as “the first comprehensive survey exhibition of Dennis Hopper’s artistic career to be mounted by a North American museum”. The exhibition will feature more than 200 works spanning Hopper’s 60-year career, including an early painting from 1955; photographs, sculpture, and assemblages from the 1960s; paintings from the 1980s and ’90s; graffiti-inspired wall constructions and large-scale billboard paintings from the 2000s; his most recent sculptures; and film installations. The title of the exhibition is taken from Dennis Hopper’s 1961 photograph of the two Standard Oil signs seen through an automobile windshield at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, and North Doheny Drive in Los Angeles.

The show was put together in only five months. When asked how he was able to put the show together so quickly, incoming MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch said “An exhibition of Dennis’ work in Australia is now ending, so the works are being shipped back here and we will use a number of those.” He went on to say “We are also getting some assemblages from Dennis’ own collection–he retained a lot of his early work.”

Last year Dennis Hopper released a book of his early photographs Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967

Bill Cosby Photograph by Dennis Hopper
Bill Cosby Photograph by Dennis Hopper

 

Related blog entries:

Dennis Hopper’s Wearable Art (August 7, 2011)

My Visit to Dennis Hopper Double Standard at MOCA LA (August 7, 2010)

Dennis Hopper: Photographs, 1961-1967 (September 19, 2009)

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