The dream colony : a life in art / Walter Hopps ; edited by Deborah Treisman, from interviews with Anne Doran ; introduction by Ed Ruscha.
- New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017.
xix, 312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
- Hopps, Walter.
Art museum curators -- United States -- Biography.
Art museum curators.
- "An innovative, iconoclastic curator of contemporary art, Walter Hopps founded his first gallery in L.A. at the age of twenty-one. At twenty-four, he opened the Ferus Gallery with then-unknown artist Edward Kienholz, where he turned the spotlight on a new generation of West Coast artists. Ferus was also the first gallery ever to show Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans and was shut down by the L.A. vice squad for a show of Wallace Berman's edgy art. At the Pasadena Art Museum in the sixties, Hopps mounted the first museum retrospectives of Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell and the first museum exhibition of Pop Art--before it was even known as Pop Art. In 1967, when Hopps became the director of Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art at age thirty-four, the New York Times hailed him as "the most gifted museum man on the West Coast (and, in the field of contemporary art, possibly in the nation)." He was also arguably the most unpredictable, an eccentric genius who was chronically late. (His staff at the Corcoran had a button made that said WALTER HOPPS WILL BE HERE IN TWENTY MINUTES.) Erratic in his work habits, he was never erratic in his commitment to art. Hopps died in 2005, after decades at the Menil Collection of art in Houston for which he was the founding director. A few years before that, he began work on this book, a vivid, personal, surprising, irreverent, and enlightening account of his life and of some of the greatest artistic minds of the twentieth century"-- Provided by publisher.
First encounters with music and art
Early days of curating: jazz and Syndell Studio
The Ferus Gallery
The creation of Ferus II
Ferus II and John Altoon
Frank Stella and Andy Warhol
The Pasadena Art Museum
The Pasadena Art Museum II
The 1965 São Paulo Bienal
Frank Lobdell and Joseph Cornell
Leaving Pasadena, and the Institute of Policy Studies
The Corcoran Gallery of Art
The 1972 Venice Biennale
The National Collection of Fine Arts
The Menil Collection.
- Includes index.
- Treisman, Deborah, 1970- editor.
Doran, Anne, 1957- interviewer.
Ruscha, Edward, author of introduction.
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