Hollywood is a Verb

October 29 - December 20, 2002

Hollywood is a Verb -

Hollywood is a Verb

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Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce our group show entitled 'Hollywood is a Verb'. This exhibition explores the ways in which artists respond to Los Angeles as a landscape and Hollywood as an idea. It includes classic works by Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Dennis Hopper and Andy Warhol, and more recent paintings and photographic works by Maurizio Cattelan, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Dexter Dalwood, Douglas Gordon and Cindy Sherman.

Already in the 1960s Hollywood had acquired a lurid history and mythology associated with its location at the heart of the "dream factory". For Ed Ruscha, who moved to Los Angeles in 1956, the Hollywood sign, the Sunset Strip, and the urban language of signs could be represented in a mysteriously cool, deadpan manner, whereas for David Hockney, who escaped to Los Angeles from the austerity and repression of England, the city was sunny, hedonistic and gay.

Younger artists have seen Hollywood with deeper irony and an attention to the politics, sleaze and darkness at the core of the entertainment industry. Cattelan has remade the Hollywood sign on a hillside in Sicily, Dalwood's new painting alludes to the effects of McCarthyism on the film industry, and Gordon has created a series of "blind star portraits" with a mordant humour and Warholian fascination with stardom.

As a complement to the works on exhibition at the gallery, there will be an evening of film introduced by Douglas Gordon on October 28th: Ed Ruscha, Premier (1970) and Miracle (1975), Andy Warhol, Screen Tests (1964-66), Kenneth Anger, Puce Moment (1949) and Sydney Pollack/Frank Perry, The Swimmer (1968). 

Please contact the gallery for further details.