A show starring Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper’s image “Double Standard’’ (1961) at Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles. Dennis Hopper’s image “Double Standard’’ (1961) at Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles. (The Artist And Tony Shafrazi Gallery)
By Mark Feeney
Globe Staff / August 8, 2010

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“Dennis Hopper Double Standard’’: For more than half a century, Hopper was the wild man of Hollywood, appearing in movies as varied (and influential) as “Rebel Without a Cause’’ and “Blue Velvet.’’ He also directed, acted in, and helped write “Easy Rider.’’ And further, Hopper, who died in May at 74, long ago earned himself a small yet distinctive place in art history. A very good photographer, he also painted, sculpted, did assemblages, and was a discerning collector. This extensive survey of Hopper’s art career mounted by the Geffen Contemporary is the first such show a North American museum has devoted to him. It includes more than 200 of his artworks, dating from 1955 to the last decade. The Geffen Contemporary is part of Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art. 152 North Central Ave., 213-626-6222,



“Swinging Away: How Baseball and Cricket Connect’’: Lord’s Cricket Ground is that sport’s most sacred site. What better place for this exhibition that shows the many linkages between cricket and baseball. Items on display include the bat Babe Ruth used to hit his last home run and the earliest known cricket uniform. Those unable to make it to London should be patient. “Swinging Away’’ opens at the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, N.Y., next April. St. John’s Wood, 011-44-20-7616-8500,



“An Eakins Masterpiece Restored: Seeing ‘The Gross Clinic’ Anew’’: Thomas Eakins’s “The Gross Clinic’’ has been called the greatest American painting of the 19th century. A notably insensitive retouching of the canvas in the 1920s was decried by his widow. Now the painting has been cleaned and restored. The results of that 10-month-long process can now be seen, along with Eakins’s studies for the painting, X-radiographs of the canvas, and a documentary video. 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-763-8100,

SEPT. 3-NOV. 21


“Gabriel Metsu: Rediscovered Master of the Dutch Golden Age’’: Although not as well known as such contemporaries as Rembrandt and Vermeer, Metsu was one of the leading lights of 17th-century Dutch painting. This retrospective includes 40 of his paintings. After Dublin, the show travels to the Rijksmuseum, in Amsterdam, and the National Gallery, in Washington. Merrion Square West and Clare Street, 011-353-1-661-5133,

SEPT. 15-JAN. 2


“Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement’’: Entrepreneur rather than artist, Stickley owned a furniture factory and magazine, The Craftsman. He became the foremost promoter of the simple lines and elegant shapes we associate with the American Arts and Crafts Movement. This Newark Museum exhibit includes furniture, metalware, lighting, textiles, and architectural plans from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when the movement transformed American design. 49 Washington St., 973-596-6550,

SEPT. 16-DEC. 5


“The Pre-Raphaelites in Italy’’: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as they called themselves, were inspired by early Renaissance artists and comprised the foremost school of painting in Victorian England. Its members included Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Edward Burne-Jones, and William Holman Hunt. This comprehensive exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum includes some 140 paintings and examines these artists at work in the country they claimed as spiritual home. Beaumont Street, 011-44-1865-278000,


NOV. 20-APRIL 17


“How Wine Became Modern: Design+Wine 1976 to Now’’: In the first such show of its kind, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has looked at how design, architecture, and media have contributed to, as the museum puts it, “transformations in the visual and material culture of wine over the past three decades.’’ 151 Third St., 415-357-4000,


Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; check online. Mark Feeney can be reached at