Scratching the surface by Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper, Wallace Berman, 1964

Scratching the surface by Dennis Hopper

Gagosian Rome is pleased to announce an exhibition of the late Dennis Hopper’s photographs of the 1960s, together with the Drugstore Camera series of the early 1970s and continuous screenings of his films and interviews. This will be the first major exhibition of Hopper’s work in Rome.

Dennis HopperDennis Hopper, Untitled (portrait David Hopper), c.1971

Hopper established his reputation as a cult actor and director with Easy Rider (1969), and maintained this status with gritty performances in The American Friend (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), Blue Velvet (1986), Hoosiers (1986), and as director of Colors (1988). During his rise to Hollywood stardom, he captured the establishment-busting spirit of the 1960s in photographs that travel from Los Angeles to Harlem to Tijuana, Mexico, and which portray iconic figures including Jane Fonda, Andy Warhol, and John Wayne.

Dennis HopperDennis Hopper, Robert Irwin, 1962

Spontaneous portraits of now-legendary artists, actors, and musicians are among a selection of nearly one hundred signed vintage prints. Taken with quick-use cameras and developed in drugstore photo labs, Drugstore Camera documents Hopper’s friends and family among the ruins and open vistas of the desert landscape; female nudes in shadowy interiors; road trips to and from his home state of Kansas; and impromptu still lifes of discarded objects. 

Dennis HopperDennis Hopper, Biker Couple, 1961

These images, and many other cultural events, iconic individuals, and intimate moments that caught Hopper’s attention, constitute a captivating view of the sixties and seventies that combines political idealism and humanistic optimism with California cool. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 13th International Festival of Rome entitled “FOTOGRAFIA“. Dennis Hopper was born in 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, and died in Venice, California in 2010.

From Tuesday, 23 September to Saturday, 8 November 2014

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