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City, 1992 Photographs © Courtesy of the Artist and Craig Krull Gallery

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 3rd, 2008 - October 4th, 2008
Opening: September 6th, 2008 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 11-5:30


On September 3rd, Craig Krull Gallery will open its third solo exhibition of the work of Dennis Hopper. Concurrent with his distinguished career as an actor and director, Mr. Hopper has been highly regarded as a photographer and painter. In the sixties, he was part of the seminal group of L.A. artists that included Ed Ruscha, Ed Kienholz and Wallace Berman. In fact, Hopper’s photo “Double Standard” appeared on the announcement for Ruscha’s second solo exhibition at Ferus gallery in 1964. Hopper’s photographs of the L.A. art scene, the Civil Rights Movement, Hells Angels, poets and musicians have become virtual icons of the period, collected in his 1986 book, Out of the Sixties. His paintings and assemblages were first exhibited at the Primus Stuart Gallery in Los Angeles in 1964. The exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery will feature assemblages of painting and photography created in the early 1990s. These works reflect the graffiti and street life of Hopper’s own Venice, California, and the harsh realities of inner-city life in general. Black and white photographs of police and gangs are juxtaposed with paintings that resemble walls of whitewashed graffiti. Hopper’s work addresses the constant exchange between tagger and those that paint over the tag. The squares and rectangles of subtly different colors, that don’t quite match the original wall color, suggest a street version of an Ad Reinhardt painting. Mr. Hopper is the subject of a major retrospective this fall organized by the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.