Preview: Dennis Hopper: Double Standard, Museum of Contemporary Art, LA

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on September 1, 2010 at 7:37 am


Dennis Hopper, Double Standard

Curated by Julian Schnable, a posthumous retrospective of art by Dennis Hopper is now on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Critics are not fond of many of the paintings and sculptures but are dazzled by the black and white photos Hopper is known for …

Writes Richard Woodward in the Wall Street Journal:

At the heart of the show are Hopper’s black-and-white photographs from the first half of the ’60s. He prided himself on his eye-and rightfully so. Training it by a study of Cartier-Bresson‘s elegant snapshots, he looked at other masters as well. An abiding love for ready-made abstraction, torn posters and peeling paint links him to Aaron Siskind, while the many images of commercial signs recall Walker Evans. The title of the show, “Double Standard,” refers to the name of a 1961 image of a Standard Oil gas station taken by Hopper from his convertible along Route 66. Composed at a stop light, it depicts the monotony, comfort and endless vistas of the American road.

Through September 26 …

For more on the review: WSJ

For more on the exhibit: MOCA

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