What he always described as taking the most pleasure in exploring, or focusing on, much like Marcel Duchamp signing the Hotel-Green-Sign for him on the night of his opening at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1963, and Rauschenberg’s practice, was the philosophy that an artist can point to something and claim it’s art because in that moment it is to them.” 2.
Los Angeles Art Scene Walter Hopps and Edward Kienholz founded the Ferus Gallery at 736A North La Cienega Boulevard in March 1957.
Hopper and Hayward’s home became the center of an illustrious group of actors, artists, musicians, writers, and film producers.
He leaves an impressive photographic record of the “street life” of Harlem, of cemeteries in Mexico, and of bullfights in Tijuana. on the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and, in images of great beauty and serenity, he converts the every day life and the neglected into a picture of beauty and silence as if converting Abstract Expressionism from the language of painting into that of photography.
Between 19 Hopper applied himself intensely on photography.
The portfolio that has now come to light is a treasure.
It consists of small plates, sometimes numbered on the back with brief notes in Hopper’s hand and showing traces of wear.
He wandered the streets of Harlem and the graveyards of Durango and watched the bullfights in Tijuana with fascination. with his camera on the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
And he paid attention to things small, ordinary, and neglected, transforming the “remains of our world” into images of great beauty and tranquility, as if converting Abstract Expressionist painting into the language of photography.Categories: American, american photographers, beauty, Berlin, black and white photography, documentary photography, exhibition, gallery website, intimacy, landscape, light, memory, New York, photography, portrait, reality, space and time Tags: actors, Alabama, American Civil Rights Movements, andy warhol, artists, bikers and hippies, Brooke Hayward, celebrity photography, Claes Oldenburg, dennis hopper, Dennis Hopper Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper Andy Warhol and Members of The Factory, Dennis Hopper Double Standard, Dennis Hopper Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper Guy With 5 Hogs, Dennis Hopper James Brown, Dennis Hopper James Rosenquist, Dennis Hopper Martin Luther King Jr., Dennis Hopper Niki de Saint Phalle, Dennis Hopper Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper The Lost Album, Double Standard, Easy Rider, Ferus Gallery, Fort Worth Art Center Museum, Gerard Malanga, Gregory Markopoulos, Guy With 5 Hogs, Jack Smith, James Brown, James Rosenquist, Marin Hopper, Marlon Brando, Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King Jr., Martin Luther King Montgomery Alabama, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Members of The Factory, Montgomery, Montgomery Alabama, musicians and poets, Niki de Saint Phalle, paul newman, Taylor Mead, the Factory, The Lost Album, Vintage Photographs of the 1960s“I never made a cent from these photos. Enlarging the face of Martin Luther King Jr., (below) and then looking into his eyes, I felt I had a connection with this person. Nice to see the work full frame as well, meaning that the photographers’ previsualisation was strong in camera; that Hopper had an excellent understanding of the construction of the pictorial frame negating the necessity for cropping of the image.Hopper’s photographs are legendary images, spontaneous, intimate, and poetic as well as decidedly political and keenly observant – documents of an exciting period, its protagonists and milieus. Wherever he was, in Los Angeles, New York, London, Mexico or Peru, he was a precise observer, full of empathy and curiosity.Many of these photos have become iconic: the portraits of Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Paul Newman or Jane Fonda. He captured the geniuses of his day, the actors, artists, musicians and poets, his family and friends, the “scene”, bikers and hippies.Mounted on cardboard, without frame of glass, they were attached directly to the wall. Spontaneous, intimate, poetic, unabashedly political and keenly observed, they document an exciting epoch, its protagonists and milieus.