Dennis Hopper photographs to auction at Paddle8
Paddle8 is set to offer an exclusive collection of photographs by Dennis Hopper in a dedicated online sale curated in collaboration with the Hopper Art Trust.
The online sale features 18 special-edition prints created especially for Paddle8, along with three unique, monumental billboard paintings based on his photographs.
"This auction offers a rare opportunity to own one of Dennis Hopper's signature, yet timeless works," said Joslin van Arsdale, Senior Secialist for Photographs at Paddle8. "The sale impressively showcases how multi-faceted and -talented Hopper was."
In addition to being an acclaimed actor and director, whose most famous films included Easy Rider, Blue Velvet and Apocalypse Now, Dennis Hopper was also a highly respected artist and photographer.
His prolific photography career saw him work on everything from album covers for Tina Turner to Civil Rights marches in Alabama, along with a series of striking portraits of subjects such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Jane Fonda and Andy Warhol.
"There is a core of realism and truth that runs through all of my father’s work," said Hopper's daughter Marin Hopper. "He was a method actor — if he was performing drinking a cup of coffee, he really drank a cup of coffee. His photographs have a similar sense of realness, they are never cropped or altered, only shot with available light and never, ever posed."
The sale will offer 15 rare prints of some of Hopper's most famous images, including Double Standard, priced at $4,400; Andy Warhol (with Flower) priced at $2,000; Fragmented Woman, valued at $2,000; The Byrds, priced at $2,000; and Ed Ruscha, valued at $2,800.
In addition to the prints, the sale includes three monumental billboard paintings. Hopper's own personal obsession with the lost art of billboards is evident in his photographs, and he decorated walls in his Hollywood home with salvaged billboard posters.
He later commissioned artists at a Los Angeles factory to paint huge billboard-sized versions of his photographs, including the works offered at Paddle8, which were executed in 2000.
The versions of Double Standard and LA Times Final each measure more than five meters wide, and are priced at $240,000 and $100,000 respectively; and a painting of Fragmented Woman measuring close to three meters wide comes with a price of $80,000.
The online auction closes on October 27.
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