Dennis Hopper Exhibition, Biography in the Works

And speaking of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the institution will ring in the Deitch era with an exhibition of the art of artist, film director, and actor Dennis Hopper, who turned 74 on Monday. Opening July 11 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, “Dennis Hopper Double Standard” (named for his iconic 1961 photograph, pictured at right) will be the first comprehensive survey of Hopper’s artistic career to be mounted by a North American museum. The exhibition will feature approximately 200 works, ranging from an early painting from 1955 and photographs, sculpture, and assemblages from the 1960s to more recent large-scale billboard paintings and film installations. The curator? Julian Schnabel.

“Dennis Hopper’s work has been a springboard for the work of many artists and filmmakers of a younger generation,” said incoming MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch in a statement announcing the exhibition. “His fusion of artistic media has become an inspiration for the new artistic generation who often draw on performance and film as well as painting, sculpture, and photography in the creation of their work.” Helping to further solidify Hopper’s legacy as a creative connector will be a new biography written by Tom Folsom (The Mad Ones). Dutton has just inked a deal to publish the author’s Hopper: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. Publishers Lunch describes the forthcoming title as “charting Hopper’s roller coaster career and the larger than life persona that he came to be as he skirted the edges of American popular culture for six decades in the fields of art, photography, film, and music.”