“It’s cute watching all the Easterners go gaga over Hollywood,” Christopher Knight wrote in his Los Angeles Times pan of MOCAs “Dennis Hopper Double Standard” exhibition. Well, ARTINFO thought it was pretty cute when art stars of the East and West (and some crossovers, like New York expat Jeffrey Deitch) went gaga over each other at the private dinner hotelier André Balazs and MOCA director Deitch threw on the roof of the former’s Standard Downtown L.A. hotel on Saturday in honor of the opening of the survey of the late actor/director/artist.
Hopper, who died this May, was quite prolific in his fine-arts endeavors, churning out so many photographs, sculptures, paintings, and assemblages that even though most of his works from before 1961 were destroyed in the Bel Air fire of that year, there were hundreds of pieces remaining to display in this show, Deitch’s first in his new directorship.
Curator and blue-chip bad boy Julian Schnabel was there, smoking cigarettes and wearing sunglasses in the dark. Diane Keaton and Deitch had a quirky-glasses showdown. Deitch Projects protégé Rosson Crow was there with some other cool kids, and everyone picnicked on red-checkered tablecloths by lantern-light. As we said, it was pretty cute.
Click the photo gallery at left to see images from the party.