There have been many tributes to renegade actor Dennis Hopper since he died Saturday at age 74 of complications from prostate cancer. But what might be the biggest tribute to the renegade artist Dennis Hopper is yet to come: The Museum of Contemporary Art here is preparing to mount a sweeping survey of his visual art to open July 11.
"Dennis Hopper Double Standard," curated by Julian Schnabel, will include artwork by Hopper from the last six decades, from an abstract 1955 painting to his 1960s photographs of soon-to-be-famous friends like Andy Warhol to so-called graffiti paintings of the 1980s. Incoming MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch singles out as "especially fascinating" more recent "wall constructions that relate to film sets" and installations using films such as "Easy Rider."
Deitch, the former New York gallerist who starts his job as the director of MOCA on Tuesday, has been organizing the show in what seems like lightning speed for the museum world.
He had the idea for the show last winter while talking to Schnabel in New York and fresh from a visit with Hopper. Schnabel had directed Hopper, a longtime friend, as the Swiss art dealer Bruno Bischofberger in his 1996 film "Basquiat."