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Author Petra Giloy-Hirtz appears with Marin Hopper, daughter of legendary actor, director and artist Dennis Hopper, to discuss the stunning new book Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album - Vintage Prints from the Sixties. They explore Dennis Hopper’s incredible and diverse career, delving into the recently rediscovered photographs which are the subject of the book.
Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney, and Jeff Goodman, 1963. USA. 6.79 x 9.74 inches. © The Dennis Hopper Trust, Courtesy of The Dennis Hopper Trust.
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album (Prestel 2012) an exciting collection of four hundred photographs from the 1960s—taken by Dennis Hopper and recently rediscovered —brilliantly documents the social, political, and creative highlights from a tumultuous era. Lying hidden away in Dennis Hopper’s home until their discovery months after the artist’s death in 2010, this collection of spectacular photographs, exhibited only once in 1969-70 at the Fort Worth Art Center Museum, is a testament to Hopper’s prolific and enormous talent behind the camera. These photos are spontaneous, intimate, poetic, observant, and decidedly political. While some are portraits of figures within Hopper’s circle of actor, artist, musician, and poet friends—including Jane Fonda, Paul Newman, and Robert Rauschenberg—they also include images from his extensive travels in Los Angeles, New York, London, Mexico, and Peru. Hopper’s abiding support of the Civil Rights movement and social justice is evident in his shots from the march on Selma and Harlem street scenes. In images of beauty and stillness he transfers abstract expressionism into the artistic language of photography. Throughout this volume Hopper’s sensitive, keenly observant eye shines through, making it clear that he was a deeply committed chronicler of the events that were unfolding around him.
Niki de Saint Phalle (kneeling), 1963. USA. 6.66 x 9.83 inches. © The Dennis Hopper Trust, Courtesy of The Dennis Hopper Trust.
Copies of the book are available for purchase and sigining after the audience Q&A.
Associate professor and reader of medieval literature at the University of Düsseldorf for ten years Petra Giloy-Hirtz has been a freelance curator, author, and editor since 1993. She was also project manager for the head of cultural affairs of the City of Munich (1998–2000). Her curatorial work includes numerous solo and thematic exhibitions, at the Diözesanmuseum of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising (1998–2005) among other venues, featuring the work of Kiki Smith, Olafur Eliasson, Lawrence Carroll, Robert Longo, Gloria Friedmann, and Kai Althoff, and other artists. She was the curator of the exhibition Julian Schnabel, Polaroids held in Düsseldorf, Munich, London, The Hague, Avilés/Asturias, Milano, Paris and Shanghai (2010/2011); Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2012). Her recent publications include Lucas Reiner, Los Angeles Trees (2008), Christopher Thomas, New York Sleeps (2009), Stefan Hunstein "Schön war’s!" (2009), Christopher Thomas, Passion (2010), Julian Schnabel, Polaroids (2010), Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album (2012), Hassel Smith, Paintings 1937-1997 (2012).
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1965. Montgomery, Alabama, USA. 9.2 x 13.6 inches. © The Dennis Hopper Trust, Courtesy of The Dennis Hopper Trust.
Marin Hopper is HAYWARD’s Co-Founder and Creative Director. From 2004 to 2011, she served as the Consulting Creative Director of Formapura, designing the creative direction for the luxury brand Hogan each season and applying it to its line of shoes and handbags, overseeing the presentation of the line to the press, and the core ad campaign surrounding it. From 2000 to 2004, she served as the Consulting Fashion Director of Hogan. Before Hogan, she was a consultant in a similar fashion for the accessories brand Tods (1998-2000). This began while she was the Fashion Director of Elle Magazine (1995-2000). She previously served as Elle’s Style Director (1994-1995), and as Vogue’s Style Editor-at-Large. In 2001, Hopper, who is the daughter of actor/director Dennis Hopper and author Brooke Hayward, edited a book of photographs entitled 1712 NORTH CRESCENT HEIGHTS that portrayed her home life and the worlds of art, society, fashion and film in Los Angeles in the 1960s. Hopper was named a Trustee of the Dennis Hopper Art Trust in 2010.
Double Standard, 1961. Los Angeles, Ca, USA. 6.87 x 9.79 inches. © The Dennis Hopper Trust, Courtesy of The Dennis Hopper Trust.
In its fifth year the program series An Art Book, initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni, is a celebration of the essential importance and beauty of art books. The events showcase book presentations and discussions by world renowned artists, critics, curators, gallerists, historians and writers.