Articles & Notes — November 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Unseen Dennis Hopper photographs to be shown in UK for the first time

dennis-hopper-photosMore than 400 previously unseen photographs from the 1960s, which were discovered in cardboard boxes after the death of the actor Dennis Hopper, are to go on display in Britain for the first time, the Guardian reported.

The Royal Academy of Arts on Friday announced details of an exhibition called Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album.

Hopper is best known as a hell-raising actor and director with films such as Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet. But he was also a respected artist and photographer. Hopper died in 2010 after battling with prostate cancer.

The RA’s director of exhibitions, Kathleen Soriano, said the discovery of the boxes by his family, after his death in 2010, revealed “just how obsessively Hopper took photographs with a 35mm Nikon camera that his wife gave him after their house, with all his paintings in it, was destroyed by fire in 1961”.

Hopper took photographs of everything. There will be “lots of hippies and Hells Angels” in the show, said Soriano, as well as pictures of artists and actors including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Paul Newman.

He was also witness to major social and political events, not least Martin Luther King’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama in 1965.

The Hopper show was first seen in Berlin last year and will be staged in the RA’s Burlington Gardens galleries between June and August next year. As well as the RA’s annual Summer Exhibition, now in its 246th year, there will be two big shows in its main galleries.

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