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

Mario Cravo Neto (1947 – 2009)

August 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

Mario Cravo Neto, Lord of the Head
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Mario Cravo Neto, Brazilian photographer, died last Sunday at 62. His work has a strong religious content and he was a master in showing the human body both powerful and fragile. I am sad -his work never failed to touch me. Spiritual, mystical, erotic, his images composed a beautiful portrait of the people of his region, Bahia.

He didn’t have a website, but artnet is a good source for images.

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