Los Angeles

Llyn Foulkes, Happy Rock, 1969, oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 3/4 x 84 3/4".

Llyn Foulkes, Happy Rock, 1969, oil and acrylic on canvas, 88 3/4 x 84 3/4".

Los Angeles

Llyn Foulkes

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
February 3–May 19, 2013

Curated by Ali Subotnick

Despite his Ferus Gallery credentials and considerable influence on the Los Angeles art world, a career-long thwarting of stylistic consistency may have rendered Llyn Foulkes and his work virtually unclassifiable. All of the polarities of West Coast art have found their way into his practice, from “cool” abstraction and the brand-newness of Pop to “hot” (abject) figuration and the used-upness of assemblage. What holds it all together is the relentless tone of political indignation; whether aiming at the rape of landscape by commerce or the siege of real life by the forces of spectacle, Foulkes makes work about what he hates—and he does so with loving care. This exhibition of nearly 140 works—including the notorious rock paintings; the “Bloody Head” series, 1973–2011; and numerous rarely seen early drawings—and its accompanying catalogue will explore that beautiful paradox.