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Lee Mullican

Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, A30

Lee Mullican, Chant and Dance, 1972, oil on canvas, 1.2 x 1.1 cm. Courtesy: Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills

Lee Mullican, Chant and Dance, 1972, oil on canvas, 1.2 x 1.1 cm. Courtesy: Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills

Our booth will consist of rarely seen paintings, works on paper and ceramics by California artist Lee Mullican. Mullican was one of the three founders of the Dynaton Group. The Dynaton, which consisted of Gordon Onlsow Ford from Britain, Wolfgang Paalen from Austria, and Lee Mullican from the United States, named themselves after the Greek word for "that which is possible" and focused on automatism, mysticism, and the collective subconscious. Their work was vital to the shift from European prewar Modernism to an American postwar version and acted as a bridge between Surrealism in Europe and Abstract Expressionism in America.

Once separated from the group, Mullican went on to develop his own diverse vocabulary based on cosmological abstraction, Native American and pre-Columbian influences and his signature linear style. 

Ann Philbin of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, curated an important show of Mullican's drawing for her inaugural presentation as Director of the institution in 2000. This was followed by a retrospective at LACMA in 2005, which traveled to the Gray Art Gallery in NYC. Mullican’s works are included in the permanent collections of institutions such as San Francisco Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.   

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