It's exciting to see The Hammer Museum will be presenting the first full-scale survey exhibition in the U.S. of the work of artist, Larry Johnson. Johnson, is one of many important figures who emerged from CalArts in the 1980s. This show will feature 60 color photographs, dating from 1982 to the present. Included will be a new edition made especially for the show, whose sales support the Hammer Museum's exhibitions. His unique style blends drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, and text. Many works explore themes of Hollywood and celebrity, where aspirations and fantasies bump up against reality. Texts are a crucial part of Johnson's work, either written by him or appropriated from disparate sources such as pulp fiction, celebrity autobiographies, black box flight records and rock lyrics. The show will be open June 21st until September 6, 2009.
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