dennis hopper at MOCA, los angeles
aug 16, 2010
dennis hopper at MOCA, los angeles


dennis hopper double standard
the geffen contemporary at MOCA, los angeles
on now until september 26th, 2010

‘dennis hopper double standard’, jeffrey deitch‘s first show as incoming director of the
museum of contemporary art, los angeles

(MOCA), presents the first comprehensive survey
exhibition of american
artist, dennis hopper, who was best known for his film work and 
producing an artistic oeuvre which blurred boundaries between art, film and popular
culture.

dennis hopper
mobil man, 2000
fiberglass, waterborn latex paint, steel, automotive clear coat
252 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper

curated by julian schnabel, whose own work has been influenced by hopper’s fusion of
art and film, the exhibition assembles key selections and bodies of work examining hopper’s
creative development. it features more than 200 works, spanning his 60-year career,
with a focus on artworks made between 1961 and present day – as many of his earlier paintings
were destroyed in his studio by the 1961 bel air fire. included are photographs, sculpture
and assemblages from the 1960s; graffiti-inspired wall constructions and large-scale billboard
paintings from the 2000s – which borrow images from his earlier life and work; his most recent
sculptures, series of abstract landscape photographs and film installations highlighting his career
as a director and actor.


dennis hopper
la salsa man, 2000
fiberglass, waterborn latex, paint, steel, automotive clear coat
312 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper

organized into several sections, each reflects the cyclical and serial
nature of his work.
the overall layout of the exhibition brings together various groupings of work which
emphasize hopper’s interest in
duchampian appropriation of common objects and the
dialogue between pop
and progressive culture. it also highlights ways in which hopper

utilized a range of styles – from abstraction, the ready-made, and pop
art to conceptual
and performance art – to further his investigation
into the ‘return to the real’.


marcel duchamp and dennis hopper
hotel green (entrance), 1963
oil paint on wood panel
21 x 27 x 2.5 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper


dennis hopper
coca cola sign (found object), 1962
tin sign with glass thermometers
24 x 36 x 3 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper

dennis hopper prefigured the union of art, life and popular culture that characterizes much of
the 21st century. he was a creative connector, introducing and collaborating with artists, actors,
writers and muscisians. ‘L.A. was pop‘, hopper recalls, referring to the period in which
L.A. was the billboards. L.A. was the automobile culture. L.A. was the movie stars and L.A. was
the whole idea of what ‘pop’ was about
.’ ahead of his time in bringing the art of the street
into the gallery, hopper’s work also constructs a dialogue between abstract expressionist painting
and graffiti and gang signs from los angeles’ street culture.


dennis hopper
draw me and win an art scholarship, 1964 / 2000
plexiglas
36 x 24 x 1 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper


dennis hopper
untitled (the chevy piece, 1956), 1965 / 2000
urethane foam, fiberglass, automobile paint
72 x 264 x 7 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper


dennis hopper
double standard, 1961
gelatin-silver print
16 x 24 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper and tony shafrazi gallery, new york

the title of the exhibition is derived from hopper’s iconic 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 rive on historic route 66 in los angeles.


dennis hopper
robert rauschenberg, 1966
gelatin-silver print
16 x 24 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper and tony shafrai gallery, new york


dennis hopper
james rosenquist (with brunette billboard), 2009
oil on canvas
71.5 x 120 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper and tony shafrazi gallery, new york


dennis hopper
gelatin-silver print
16 x 24 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper and tony shafrazi gallery, new york


dennis hopper
martin luther king jr., 1965
gelatin-silver print,
16 x 24 inches
© the estate of dennis hopper, courtesy of the estate of dennis hopper and tony shafrazi gallery, new york

dennis hopper (1936 – 2010) was centre of the los angeles creative community since 1955,
when he befriended actor james dean on the set of ‘rebel without a cause’. from then,
he had a prolific career working in film, photography, as a painter and sculptor.
during his career, he directed numerous films including ‘easy rider’ (1969), ‘the last movie’ (1971)
and ‘colors’ (1988), and acted in many others such as  ‘rebel without a cuase’ (1955), ‘giant’ (1956),
‘apocolypse now’ (1979), ‘speed’ (1994) and ‘basquiat’ (1966).

hopper’s work as an artist has been celebrated in monographic and group exhibitions around
the world including the corcoran gallery of art, washington D.C.; the stedelijk museum, amsterdam;
the state hermitage museum, st. petersburg; MAK vienna; the whitney museum of american art,
new york to name a few.

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