David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of major works by Los Angeles-based artist Llyn Foulkes, on view at 533 West 19th Street in New York. Including exemplary works from 1964 to 2005, the exhibition comprises three series that define Foulkes's six-decade-long career: mountainous landscapes, "bloody head" portraits, and narrative tableaux.
Foulkes's singular oeuvre has inhabited and excavated the remains of the American West and its attendant promise of freedom and prosperity. Probing a once wondrous frontier, now rendered a wasteland, Foulkes exposes the American Dream as co-opted by an increasingly commercialized, corporatized, and militarized society. The landscape of the American West features prominently throughout his works, signifying both the once-cherished myth and subsequent failure of the American Dream.
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The 2014 documentary Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band by Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty covers seven years of the artist's life when he was in his 70s. Featuring Dennis Hopper among its interviewees, the film shows Foulkes's painstaking creation and recreation of two paintings, The Lost Frontier and The Awakening.