Art News: Dennis Hopper’s Fine Art Collection Going Up for Auction at Christies & Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960 at BMA

6 Jan


Dennis Hopper shot two bullet holes through an Andy Warhol portrait of Mao Zedong. Instead of earning the wrath of Andy Warhol, the infamous pop artist called the Easy Rider star a collaborator. So Warhol.

Variation of Warhol’s Mao

Mao is among 300 works of fine art and memorabilia owned by the late actor-director going up for auction at Christie’s next week. The 1972 colored screenprint of Mao Zedong is expected to fetch between $20,000 to $30,000.

The reason his collection is being auctioned…“Mr. Hopper’s Venice Beach house was filled literally from floor to ceiling with art, and his family couldn’t take that on.”

Read the whole article at Crains.


More than 200 provocative and compelling images can been seen in Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960 opening at the Baltimore Museum Art starting February 20th, 20011. The exhibit showcases photography’s extraordinary possibilities. Single photographs, works in series, film, and video reveal how photography influences our understanding of people, places, and events, producing new perspectives on the world around us.

William Christenberry. Building with False Brick Siding

Drawn primarily from the BMA’s exceptional, but rarely shown photography collection, Seeing Now features works by more than 60 of the most remarkable artists of our time, such as Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, and Cindy Sherman as well as photographers whose names might not be as familiar as their influential images.

The gripping exhibition, organized in five broad themes, explores people and sub-cultures—both familiar and foreign; natural and man-made environments; ephemeral performances; how photography has been put to use to examine other images; and the role of light and time in the medium.

Seeing Now‘s final gallery is dedicated to one of three time-based works in the exhibition: Anthony McCall’s landmark projection Line Describing a Cone, which beckons viewers to step into a vast dark space and beams of projected white light.

The show runs through May 15, 2011.

See our listing of Art Galleries and Museums for links to BMA.

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