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Dennis Hopper (American, 1936–2010)
LOT ID: 50895
Double Standard, 1961

Silver Print, on paper
16 х 24 in. (40.64 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, by the artist
Edition Ed. of 15
Lot description
Image: 16 x 24 in
Framed: 21 x 28 in

Perhaps the most famous image by artist Dennis Hopper (1936-2010), “Double Standard” is an excellent example of the imagery that defines the artist’s innovative approach to photography. In the work's two-fold perspective, the panoramic view of a West Hollywood intersection is paired with a glimpse of the rear view image of an approaching car. Literally a 'fork in the road', "Double Standard" exists in the present- wedged in between the past and the future. This photograph represents the birth of the now iconic Standard station in art, which would be adapted by Hopper's close friend Ed Ruscha two years later.

Another edition of "Double Standard" is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), and was loaned to the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA), where it was the title artwork for Hopper's first major retrospective, "Double Standard" in 2010.

Known for his iconic acting and directing roles in American television and cinema, Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) was also an incredibly intuitive painter, sculptor, and photographer who captured the turbulent and unrestrained times of the 1960s and 70s. Beginning in 1961 with a suggestion from James Dean and 35 mm camera from then wife Brook Hayward, Hopper began his career in photography. He photographed anyone from known celebrities such as Tina Turner, Andy Warhol, Martin Luther King, and Paul Newman, to complete strangers who intrigued him as subjects. His images defined a generation with an insightful and innovative approach, capturing on film events that would ultimately transform the world today, most especially his images of the Civil Rights March in Montgomery, AL.

Select Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)

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