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Maurizio Cattelan » Philip-Lorca diCorcia » Douglas Gordon » David Hockney » Dennis Hopper » Ed Ruscha » Cindy Sherman » Andy Warhol »

Exhibition: 29 Oct – 20 Dec 2002

8 Heddon Street
W1B 4BU London

Gagosian Gallery

20 Grosvenor Hill
W1K 3QD London

+44 (0)20-7.495.1500


Tue-Sat 10-18

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.