Thursday, 17 July 2014

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album - Royal Academy

Dennis Hopper, Double Standard, 1961
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album is at the Royal Academy until 19 October 2014.
I loved Dennis Hopper for his roles as the terrifying Frank Booth in David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986) and 'the photojournalist' in Francis Ford Coppola's  Apocalypse Now (1979); now I love him as a photographer, too. Double Standard (above) is, to my mind, up there with the work of my very favourite photographers such as Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. 'The Lost Album' is a body of work made in the 1960s which, until recently, hadn't been exhibited since 1970. Hopper was right in the thick of 60s counter-culture mixing with the stars of Pop Art and pop music: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane; it was the time, too, of hippies, Hell's Angels, Civil Rights and, of course, the film Hopper starred in and directed: Easy Rider (1969). 
A great (if scary) man. He made some great photographs.  
Read articles by Geoff Dyer, Sean O'Hagan, and Francis Hodgson; watch a short video presented by the curator of the exhibition.
Dennis Hopper, Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and Jeff Goodman, 1963
Dennis Hopper, Ed Ruscha, 1964
Dennis Hopper, Effaced Double Poster, 1961
Dennis Hopper, Bad Heart, 1961
Dennis Hopper, Billboard, Los Angeles, 1964
Dennis Hopper, Downtown, Los Angeles (Comer & Doran), 1965
Dennis Hopper, New York City, 1961
Dennis Hopper, Los Angeles, 1964
Dennis Hopper, Harlem (Daily News), 1962

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