|Nighthawks diner reproduction at the Rome Hopper show|
This show, as with other recent exhibitions at the Museo del Corso, guides the visitor through rooms that are arranged somewhat thematically and that do not always follow a strictly chronological order and explore the artist's work via seven main areas: Hopper's self-portraits; Hopper's early work as an illustrator; Hopper in Paris; Hopper as a print-maker; Hopper's preparatory drawings together with the paintings; Hopper's erotic works and the splendid closing room exploring the essence of the artist and entitled “Time, place and memory”.
Whilst this exhibition is being billed as one of the big crowd pleasers of the season, in many ways this is also a rather scholarly show that provides a huge wealth of Hopper material that gives an overview of the artist's entire oeuvre. Certainly many of the larger famous paintings are here - Second Story Sunlight (used on the poster and appearing on bus-tops and billboards all over Rome), Pennsylvania Coal Town, Seven A. M., Cape Cod Sunset and South Carolina Morning are worth the price of the entrance fee alone - but with so many sketches, water colours and even commercial graphic design work on display, there is plenty here to surprise the casual visitor and allow the more serious student to dig deeper into Hopper's working methods.
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Edward Hopper at the Museo della Fondazione Roma is curated by Carter Foster and produced with Comune di Milano and Cultura and Arthemisia Group in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne. It continues until 13th June 2010.