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BILLY AL BENGSTON | A TRIBUTE TO CRAIG KAUFFMAN

MAY 24 THROUGH JUNE 25, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY MAY 24. 4-5PM

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Billy Al Bengston, 1976
Syracuse China Plates #1
Syracuse china, painted glaze
7 1/2 x 10 x 1″ inches (approx.)

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Billy Al Bengston, 1976
Syracuse China Plates #2
Syracuse china, painted glaze
7 1/2 x 10 x 1″ inches (approx.)

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Billy Al Bengston, 1976
Syracuse China Plates #3
Syracuse china, painted glaze
7 1/2 x 10 x 1″ inches (approx.)

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Billy Al Bengston, 1976
Syracuse China Plates #4
Syracuse china, painted glaze
7 1/2 x 10 x 1″ inches (approx.)

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Billy Al Bengston, 2012
RCK #1 (hanging works; double-sided)
Acrylic on handmade paper
33 x 25 inches

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Billy Al Bengston, 2012
RCK #2 (hanging works; double-sided)
Acrylic on handmade paper
33 x 25 inches

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Billy Al Bengston, 2012
RCK #3 (hanging works; double-sided)
Acrylic on handmade paper
33 x 25 inches

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Billy Al Bengston, 2012
RCK #4 (hanging works; double-sided)
Acrylic on handmade paper
25 x 33 inches

IN 1958 AT THE ORIGINAL FERUS GALLERY IN LOS ANGELES, CRAIG KAUFFMAN’S PAINTINGS KILLED REGIONALISM.

IT WASN’T NOAH’S ARK ANYMORE. EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF, SINK OR SWIM. (UNFORTUNATELY THERE WERE NO WOMEN AT THAT TIME).
WE ALL TOOK HIS SPARE, ELEGANT AND LIMITED PALATE AS A STEPPING OFF. HIS PAINTINGS SHOWED GREAT HUMOR, REDUCTIVE COLOR AND
SENSIBILITY, AND A MASTER’S TOUCH.
AND THEY WERE TOUGH SONS OF BITCHES.
THEY KNOCKED US ON OUR ASS, SORTA LIKE, WAKE UP AND
“PAY ATTENTION MUTHERFUCKER” (CREDIT: BRUCE NAUMAN). PLAYGROUND’S CLOSED, NOW GO TO WORK.

AND IT WAS FUN.

CRAIG DIED MAY 9, 2010.
THESE PICTURES WERE A WAY FOR ME TO SORT OF
HONOR HIM. HE WOULD KNOW THE CONTENT.
IF HE WERE HERE TO SEE THEM, I’M SURE YOU WOULD HEAR HIS UNCONTROLLED CACKLING LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE CAPITAL.

ALOHA CRAIG. BILLY.