reviews

  • Wallace Berman

    L.A. Louver

    Many artists and critics continue to identify Wallace Berman as the leading luminary of the assemblage movement that swept California four decades back. Though it’s difficult to distinguish myth from fact in this respect—Bruce Conner, Edward Kienholz, Jess, and George Herms have all at one time or another disputed this characterization of Berman—his impact on the era remains clear. During his time spent living in LA, his home in Topanga Canyon became a haven for artists, musicians, and poets alike, providing them with a sense of community as well as a place to exchange ideas and information

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  • Dennis Hopper

    Fred Hoffman Fine Art

    Life After On Canvas, 1983–97—a triptych and a 16 mm-film projection—shows Dennis Hopper, protected only by a box, surviving an explosion in what appears to be a rodeo or a stock-car-racing oval. Smoke billows and Hopper rises from the cloud to begin his postdetonation life. Whatever the work’s debt to Chris Burden’s body performances, this work gains much from being displayed with one of the most beautiful projectors imaginable—a found object that counterpoints the work’s disruptive effect with its elegance. Placing this work next to his 1967 sculpture Bomb Drop, a giant mechanical lever stored

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