Los Angeles

 Llyn Foulkes, The Lost Frontier, 1997–2005, mixed media, 87 x 96 x 8".

Llyn Foulkes, The Lost Frontier, 1997–2005, mixed media, 87 x 96 x 8".

“Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A.”

Hammer Museum

 Llyn Foulkes, The Lost Frontier, 1997–2005, mixed media, 87 x 96 x 8".

A PAINTING BY LLYN FOULKES titled The Lost Frontier was the first thing one saw on entering “Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A.”—the fifth installment of the Hammer Museum’s series of biannual exhibitions devoted to delivering a zeitgeist overview of local tendencies and trends, this time curated by Ali Subotnick. Hung on the far wall of a little roped-off room, it served as the scintillating opening sentence of a very promising book. As with much of this artist’s work, the piece features his likeness, recognizable even when turned away from us; he occupies the foreground and looks out over landfill mountains at the receding smog-shrouded cityscape of metro LA. He would be granting us access into the great beyond, in the manner of Caspar David Friedrich’s stand-ins, were it not for the machine-gun-toting figure of Mickey Mouse that crops up farther in. A hybrid of the

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