Parisians and visitors to the French capital will be able to see a different side of famed actor and director Dennis Hopper at a just-opened photo exhibit at the Royal Monceau hotel's Art District gallery. The show titled "L.A. and Friends, Photographs from the 60s" features a series of Hopper's photos that will be displayed for the first time.
After befriending James Dean while filming Rebel Without a Cause in 1955, Hopper began honing his artistic skills in the photo world and used Los Angeles as a backdrop for his creative vision. Hopper was connected to an entire generation of U.S. artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Ed Ruscha, among others.
Le Royal Monceau has become not only a hotspot for Hollywood heavyweights visiting Paris, but its in-house art gallery continues to showcase original works from artists hailing from across the world. To fete the gallery's one-year anniversary and the Royal Monceau's fusion of all of the arts, the hotel's curator Herve Mikaeloff opted for the never-before-seen snapshots from the late artist. Hopper's photos span the 1960s and give a glimpse of life both on and off screen during the period.
Some notable photos include a black-and-white snapshot of L.A. streets from the view of a car, a blank white billboard and a man walking down Hollywood Boulevard
The gallery hosted a VIP cocktail on Tuesday night, Oct. 18, to inaugurate the expo's opening. "LA and Friends, Photographs from the 60’s" will run through Dec. 3rd at the Art District gallery in Le Royal Monceau (37 Avenue Hoche).
Below is Hopper's photo, "Hollywood" c. 1965, gelatin silver print. Copyright The Dennis Hopper Trust. Courtesy of the Dennis Hopper Trust, Tony Shafrazi Gallery and Almine Rech Gallery