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Dean Stockwell

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TAOS, NM – Dennis Hopper was a collector of Robert Dean Stockwell’s collage art; and he once described the collages as, “The jewels of a great eye and the macho hammer of a politically sensitive being.” Ranging from colorful, modern-day photography to sepia-toned engraving reproductions, Stockwell juxtaposes imagery to reveal –– like Hopper’s quote –– many facets to meaning.

On Saturday (May 31) Stockwell’s Collage and Bones” show opened with a reception in the Grand Bohemian Gallery of El Monte Sagrado Living Resort, 317 Kit Carson Road.

Dennis Hopper turned me onto Robert Dean Stockwell’s art in the early 1970s,” Romero writes. “There was this one collage that hung in the Tony House (near the Mabel Dodge Luhan House) where we lived … it captured and intrigues me to this day. Sometime later, Dean came to visit. It was the season of summer snow, 1974. Dennis, Dean, me –– and a host of visiting inspired spirits –– ran wild under the Sacred Mountains in Taos and survived. It was a crazy creative and dangerous time, man … We kept the faith … I am looking forward to Dean’s show.”

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