Wally Hedrick
American, 1928-2003
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
The Mayor Gallery at Art Basel 2018,
The Mayor Gallery
The Box at Frieze London 2016,
The Box
Based on a True Story: Highlights from the di Rosa Collection,
di Rosa

Known for his stylistically diverse paintings focused unflinchingly and humorously on three main topics—politics, sex, and religion—Wally Hedrick was anti-establishment to his core, and once summed up his career with: “I don’t think of this as a profession; I’m a used-car salesman.” Starting in the late 1940s and ’50s, he responded to world events through art. A veteran of the Korean War, he was particularly contemptuous of America’s ongoing conflicts. Hedrick was at the heart of the Beat Movement and was one of the founders of San Francisco’s 6 Gallery, where his close friend Allen Ginsberg first read “Howl.” With his affinity for Marcel Duchamp and the Dadaists, he was a foe to politicians—he depicted Richard Nixon as a giant phallus—mass media, the art market, and consumer culture, remaining sharply critical until the end of his life.