LEE MULLICAN

Paintings from the Sixties

March 4th to April 19th, 2006

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LEE MULLICAN

Paintings from the Sixties

March 4th to April 19th, 2006

Marc Selwyn Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings from the sixties by the late California artist Lee Mullican.

Lee Mullican, along with Wolfgang Paalen and Gordon Onslow Ford, was known as a member of “the Dynaton.” This group of artists named after the Greek word for “the possible” acted as a bridge between the European Surrealist and American Abstract Expressionist schools. Disbanding shortly after its seminal exhibition in 1951 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Dynaton explored the subconscious mind, mysticism, automatism, and the influences of ancient cultures. Mullican remained true to these ideas but went on to develop his own highly personal imagery.

In 1951, Mullican was one of three artists featured in a landmark Dynaton exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art. This exhibition, at Marc Selwyn Fine Art, follows the Mullican Drawing Retrospective at the Hammer Museum in 2001 and precedes his full retrospective set for next year at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition will also travel to the Gray Art Gallery in New York City.

Lee Mullican was born in 1919 in Chickasha, Oklahoma and died in Los Angeles in 1998. He began drawing and painting as a child and continued in college becoming a topological draftsman in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mullican’s works are included in the permanent collections of numerous important institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, among others.

Note: Marc Selwyn Fine Arts was honored to present, in October 2004, an exhibition of drawings by the late California artist Lee Mullican. The entire exhibition was on loan from the Estate and nearly all were publicly exhibited for the first time. The drawings ranged in date from the late 1940’s through the 1990’s. >>