Llyn Foulkes: Who’s on Third, 1971-1973
Oil on canvas. 48 x 39 in. (121.9 x 99.1 cm)
John Jones Collection.
NEW YORK • New Museum • Ongoing
|Seen earlier this season at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the career retrospective devoted to the work of the American painter and musician Llyn Foulkes (b. 1934 in Yakima, Washington) arrives at the New Museum in New York. 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. Some consider that his diverse body of work — including painted landscapes, mixed-media constructions, portraits, and narrative tableaux — resists categorization. The show features 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 explores the entire scope of the artist’s career, including early cartoons and drawings, his macabre, emotionally-charged paintings of the early 1960s; his 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 narrative tableaux that combine painting with woodworking, found materials, and thick mounds of modeling paste, blended into the painted surface to create an illusion of depth. The show also features a video of Foulkes playing his Machine, a one-man instrument consisting of horns, bass, organ pipes, percussion and more. Llyn Foulkes is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue including essays by novelist and art critic Jim Lewis, writer Jason Weiss, and curator Ali Subotnick.|
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