February 3, 2013 - May 19, 2013
- Llyn Foulkes Lucky Adam 1985 Mixed media. Overall: 50 x 35 x 4 in. (127 x 88.9 x 10.2 cm). Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Purchase.
- Llyn Foulkes 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. (167.6 x 183.5 cm); chair: 26 1⁄4 x 13 x 12 1⁄2 in. (66.7 x 33 x 31.8 cm). Norton Simon Museum; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harry Zlotnick.
- Llyn Foulkes Cow 1963 Oil on canvas. 43 x 62 in. (109.2 x 157.5 cm). Private collection. Photo by Jason Dewey.
- Llyn Foulkes Who’s on Third 1971-1973 Oil on canvas. 48 x 39 in. (121.9 x 99.1 cm). John Jones Collection.
- Llyn Foulkes Portrait in A Flat 1977 Mixed mediums. 58 x 32 ½ x in. (147.3 x 82.6 cm). Private collection. Photo by Randel Urbauer.
- Llyn Foulkes The Corporate Kiss 2001 Oil, acrylic, and mixed mediums. 31 ½ x 26 ¼ x 2 in. (80 x66.7 x 5.1 cm). The San Jose Museum of Art. Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation, in honor of the San Jose Museum of Art’s 35th Anniversary (2003).
- Llyn Foulkes The Lost Frontier 1997-2005 Mixed mediums. 87 x 96 x 8 in. (221 x 243.8 x 20.3 cm). Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Purchased with funds provided by Erika Glazer; Susan Steinhauser and Daniel Greenberg/The Greenberg Foundation; Amy Adelson and Dean Valentine; Linda and Jerry Janger; Kadima Foundation; Heidi and Erik Murkoff; Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy; and Joel Portnoy. Photo by Randel Urbauer.
- Llyn Foulkes Deliverance 2007 Mixed media. 72 x 84 in. (182.9 x 213.4 cm) Courtesy the artist and Kent Gallery, New York. Photo by Randel Urbauer.
- Llyn Foulkes Dali and Me 2006 Mixed media. 33 x 26 in. (83.8 x 66 cm). Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Purchase.
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 150 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 mixed media, 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.
A free audio guide is available for this exhibition. Download the free Hammer Museum mobile app to your smart phone (available for iPhone and Android). You may also check out an iPod Touch from the Hammer Museum Store.
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.