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Though he is best known as the auteur of Easy Rider (1969) and as a prolific actor, with roles in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, including Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Apocalypse Now (1979), and Blue Velvet (1986), Dennis Hopper was also an active visual artist. Influenced by a range of actors and artists, including James Dean, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol, he produced paintings, assemblages, and hundreds of photographs in concentrated periods throughout his career. In the early 1960s, he was among the key figures in L.A.’s avant-garde art scene. Photography was central to his practice; from 1961-67, Hopper shot in California, New York, Alabama, and Mexico, amassing a body of black-and-white photographs ranging from street scenes to portraits of icons of the age, establishing a vision that would shape his acclaimed directorial work.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
Shrines to Speed Art And The Automobile: From The Minimal To The PostmodernLeila Heller Gallery
2014
Dennis Hopper: Scratching the SurfaceGagosian
2013
Dennis Hopper: The Lost AlbumGagosian
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Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and David Goodman, 1963

Silver Gelatin Print
9 × 13 in
22.9 × 33 cm
Edition AP
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US$20,000–US$30,000
Location
Carmel-by-the-Sea
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Though he is best known as the auteur of Easy Rider (1969) and as a prolific actor, with roles in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, including Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Apocalypse Now (1979), and Blue Velvet (1986), Dennis Hopper was also an active visual artist. Influenced by a range of actors and artists, including James Dean, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol, he produced paintings, assemblages, and hundreds of photographs in concentrated periods throughout his career. In the early 1960s, he was among the key figures in L.A.’s avant-garde art scene. Photography was central to his practice; from 1961-67, Hopper shot in California, New York, Alabama, and Mexico, amassing a body of black-and-white photographs ranging from street scenes to portraits of icons of the age, establishing a vision that would shape his acclaimed directorial work.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Dennis Hopper
Other works from Weston Gallery
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