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The Awakening , 1994-2012 Mixed Mediums 102.2 X 111.8 X 17.8 Cm © Private collection. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
The Lost Frontier, 1997-2005 Mixed Media 87 X 96 X 8 In. © Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Lucky Adam, 1985 Mixed Media 50 X 35 X 4 In. © Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
In Memory of St. Vincent School , 1960 Assemblage: Oil, Charred Wood, And Plasticized Ashes On Blackboard, With Chair Blackboard: 66 X 72 1⁄4 In. ; Chair: 26 1⁄4 X 13 X 12 1⁄2 In. © Hammer Museum, Los Angeles / Norton Simon Museum; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harry Zlotnick.
Curated by: Ali Subotnick

10899 Wilshire Boulevard
90024 Los Angeles
February 3rd, 2013 - May 19th, 2013
Opening: February 3rd, 2013 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tue-Fri 11-8; Sat-Sun 11-5


The Hammer Museum presents an extensive career retrospective devoted to the work of the groundbreaking painter and musician Llyn Foulkes (b. 1934 in Yakima, Washington), on view from February 3 to May 19, 2013. One of the most influential yet under recognized artists of his generation, Foulkes makes work that stands out for its raw, immediate, and unfiltered qualities. His extraordinarily diverse body of work—including impeccably painted landscapes, mixed-media constructions, deeply disturbing portraits, and narrative tableaux—resists categorization and defies expectations, distinguishing Foulkes as a truly singular artist. LLYN FOULKES is organized by Hammer curator Ali Subotnick and will feature approximately 140 artworks from public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe, some of which have not been seen for decades. The exhibition will explore the entire scope of the artist’s career, including early cartoons and drawings, his macabre, emotionally-charged paintings of the early 1960s; his epic rock and postcard paintings of the late 1960s and early 1970s; his “bloody head” series of mutilated figures from the late 1970s through the present; his social commentary paintings targeting corporate America (especially Disney), which include his remarkable narrative tableaux that combine painting with woodworking, found materials, and thick mounds of modeling paste, seamlessly blended into the painted surface to create a remarkable illusion of depth. The show will also feature a video of Foulkes playing his Machine, a one-man instrument consisting of horns, bass, organ pipes, percussion and more. LLYN FOULKES will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue including essays by novelist and art critic Jim Lewis, writer Jason Weiss, and curator Ali Subotnick.

LLYN FOULKES is made possible by major gifts from Susan Steinhauser and Daniel Greenberg/The Greenberg Foundation in honor of Mickey Gribin; Kayne Foundation–Maggie Kayne; and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Generous support has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

KCRW 89.9 FM is the official media sponsor of the exhibition.

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