Dennis Hopper: actor and artist dies at 74

May 29, 2010 § 1 Comment

Actor Dennis Hopper, who appeared in some contemporary classics of the screen as Apocalypse Now and Easy Rider , has died.  Hopper was also a collector,  active artist, and visual arts champion . A retrospective of his artwork, curated by his friend, fellow film-maker and artist Julian Schnabel, is to open at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art July 7th.  The title of the show, Art is Life, gave me goosebumps.

Hopper amassed an impressive art collection during his lifetime. He reportedly bought one of Andy Warhol’s first soup can paintings for $75. He later lost the Warhol and bog part of his collection in a costly divorce.

His seven-year battle against prostate cancer was revealed in October, 2009.

Art Forum 1964 (Blue), 1988, silkscreen, 36 x 36 inches

Collecting Contemporary

November 12, 2008 § Leave a comment

Entertaining and insightful, Collecting Contemporary, by Adam Lindeman is the book you should buy to get in tune with how the international art market works. Made entirely of interviews and divided in chapters dedicated to the main actors in play (the Dealer, the Consultant, the Curator, the Critic) the book is full of updated advice for new collectors or for whoever is interested in contemporary art.

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