Hammer Museum receives NEA grant to support upcoming retrospective LLYN FOULKES

Hammer Museum receives NEA grant to support upcoming retrospective LLYN FOULKES

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Hammer Museum is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Hammer Museum is recommended for a $50,000 grant to support the upcoming exhibition LLYN FOULKES, on view February 3 to May 19, 2013.

The Hammer presents an extensive career retrospective devoted to the work of the groundbreaking painter and musician Llyn Foulkes (b. 1934 in Yakima, Washington). 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. LLYN FOULKES is organized by Hammer curator Ali Subotnick and will travel to the New Museum in New York in June 2013 and to the Museum Kurhaus Kleve in Germany in November 2013. The exhibition will feature approximately 140 artworks, some of which have not been seen for decades. The show 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; and his social commentary paintings targeting corporate America, which include his 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.

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

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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