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Dennis Hopper

American  •  1936-2010

Biography

Dennis Hopper, while perhaps most well-known for his film accomplishments, was a prolific photographer, painter and sculptor. Hopper's painting style ranged from Abstract Impressionism to Photorealism and often included references to his cinematic work. His photography, which began in the 1960s when he shot for Vogue and other magazines, most famously captured intimate portraits of celebrities including Jane Fonda and Andy Warhol.

Also in the 1960s, Hopper began painting and collecting Pop art. Over the course of his lifetime, he amassed a formidable array of modern and contemporary art by the likes of Julian Schnabel, Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Robin Rhode. His own work has been shown in solo or group exhibitions around the world including at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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  • True to his connections to the entertainment industry, Hopper created the cover art for Ike & Tina Turner's single, River Deep - Mountain High.

  • One of the first works Hopper collected was an early print of Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, purchased for just $75.

  • Hopper was considered by many a true "enfant terrible" of Hollywood. His prodigious film career included roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

"Like all artists, I want to cheat death a little and contribute something to the next generation."

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