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Billy Al Bengston papers, circa 1940s-1989, (bulk 1968-1988)

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 10 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1958-1987
3.7 Linear feet
Boxes 1-4, 11

The bulk of this series consists of calendars dating from 1971 to 1984, in which Bengston recorded detailed daily activities, such as visiting galleries, social activities, travel, etc. Ephemera include receipts, exhibition announcements, and mailings that have been attached to calendar pages. A notebook contains information about Bengston's paints, works sold and exhibited at Ferus Gallery, lists of addresses, and scattered sketches. Health records detail the damage done to Bengston's back in a 1964 motorcycle accident. Also found here are passports from European and Central American trips, a Mexican travel visa, membership and business cards, certificates, telephone messages, and Bengston's will.
Due to the presence of mold on calendar pages from 1971, these materials have been boxed separately.
Description Container Select
Address List, circa 1980
1
1
Baseball Card, 1960
Jim Grant
1
2
Business Cards, circa 1960s-1970s
1
3
Calendars, January 1971-October 1977
(27 folders; see also Box 11)
1
4-30
Calendars, October 1977-March 1982
(23 folders)
2
1-23
Calendars, March 1982-June 1984
(22 folders)
3
1-22
Calendars, July 1984-December 1984
(7 folders)
4
1-7
Certificate of Vaccination, 1960s
4
8
Certificates, 1978-1980
4
9
Chronology, 1987
4
10
Curriculum Vitae, 1968, circa 1980
4
11
Driving Citation, 1960s
4
12
Membership Cards, circa 1969, 1972
4
13
Notebook, 1960s
4
14
Notes, 1960s-1980s
4
15
Passports, 1958-1972
4
16
Personal Telephone Directory, circa 1978
4
17
Phone Bill, 1979
4
18
Phone Messages, 1981-1984
(6 folders)
4
19-24
Phone Messages, Loose, 1970s-1980s
4
25
Recipe, circa 1960s
4
26
Shopping Cards, circa 1960s
4
27
Travel Visa, 1968
4
28
Calendars, 1971
(possible mold)
11 (pam)
1-4

Series 2: Correspondence , 1966-1989
1.75 Linear feet
Boxes 4-6

The bulk of this series consists of Bengston's business correspondence, mostly to and from galleries and museums discussing exhibitions, sales, consignments, projects, and agreements. Bengston's relationship with the James Corcoran Gallery, Janie C. Lee Gallery, John Berggruen Gallery, Martha Jackson Gallery, and Texas Gallery are well-documented. Many business letters are written by Penny Little and Gretchen Corners in Bengston's name.
The series also includes a limited amount of personal correspondence including letters with collectors, researchers, and friends. In addition, personal correspondence is often interfiled with the professional correspondence, particularly with gallery owners James Corcoran, Janie C. Lee, and Fredericka Hunter of the Texas Gallery. Also found are a few letters from other artists, including Peter Plagens and a letter from Richard Diebenkorn.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by surname or business name. Correspondence related to Bengston's commissions can be found in Series 6, Project Files, and correspondence related to loans of artwork can be found in Series 5, Personal Business Records.
Description Container Select
A-An, 1968-1987
4
29
Ar-Av, 1970-1987
4
30
Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., 1974-1986
(3 folders)
4
31-33
American Airlines, 1982-1984
4
34
Architectural Digest, 1982-1987
4
35
Archives of American Art, 1973-1981
4
36
Art Frame, 1980-1982
4
37
Art in America, 1982-1984
4
38
Automobile Club of Southern California, 1972, 1979-1981
4
39
B-Bl, 1970-1987
4
40
Bo-By, 1969-1987
4
41
Paula Barton, 1970-1972
4
42
Andrew Bogle, 1981, 1984
4
43
Brooke Alexander, Inc., 1969-1982
(2 folders)
4
44-45
C-Ce, 1967-1987
4
46
Ch-Cl, 1969-1984
4
47
Co-Cu, 1968-1984
5
1
California Arts Council, 1981-1982
5
2
California State University, Long Beach, 1975-1981
5
3
Cantor/Lemberg Gallery, 1979-1983
5
4
Frances Causey, 1981-1984
5
5
Condor Cycles, 1982-1983
5
6
Conejo Valley Museum, 1978-1979
5
7
Contemporary Arts Museum, 1979-1989
(3 folders)
5
8-10
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1969, 1979-1981
5
11
D, 1977-1984
5
12
David Finlay Gallery, 1979
5
13
Diane Gilson Gallery, 1980
5
14
Richard Diebenkorn, 1972
5
15
Dobrick Gallery, 1976-1977
5
16
Dootson/Calderhead Gallery, 1975-1976, 1979
5
17
Dorothy Rosenthal, 1975-1984
5
18
Dorothy Drake Gallery, 1984-1985
5
19
E, 1969-1988
5
20
Edizioni O, 1969-1972
5
21
Greg Erickson, 1982-1983
5
22
Eve Mannes Gallery, 1984-1985
5
23
Everson Museum of Art, 1975-1977
5
24
F, 1973-1986
5
25
Feldman Gallery, 1971-1973
5
26
Felicity Samuel Gallery, 1972-1973
5
27
Fine Arts Services, 1980-1981, 1983-1984
5
28
G, 1968-1986
5
29
Galerie Neuendorf, 1970-1981, 1983-1984
(2 folders)
5
30-31
Helen Gilbert, 1979-1983
5
32
Gloria Luria Gallery, 1978-1982
5
33
Guggenheim Foundation, 1975-1985
5
34
H-Hi, 1972-1986
5
35
Ho-Hy, 1976-1984
5
36
Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1974-1980
5
37
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981-1982
5
38
I, 1979-1984
5
39
J, 1969-1987
5
40
James Corcoran Gallery, 1971-1986
(6 folders)
5
41-46
Janie C. Lee Gallery, 1968-1973
(2 folders)
5
47-48
Edwin Janss, 1976, 1980
5
49
Jared Sabel Gallery, 1974
5
50
John Berggruen Gallery, 1981-1982
(2 folders)
5
51-52
K, 1970-1984
5
53
Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodward, Quinn, and Rossi, 1977, 1980-1984
5
54
Kuafman and Bernstein, 1980-1984
5
55
Laurence Klein, 1970-1971
5
56
Alkis Klonaridis, 1980
5
57
L-Ll, 1969-1987
5
58
Lo-Lu, 1973-1985
5
59
La Brea Wilshire Travel Center, 1982-1984
5
60
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 1971-1986
5
61
Linda Farris Gallery, 1981-1985
5
62
Locksley Shea Gallery, 1981-1982
5
63
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966-1969, 1977, 1980-1983, 1986
(2 folders)
5
64-65
Los Angeles International Film Exposition, 1980-1982
5
66
M-Mea, 1968-1987
5
67
Med-Mi, 1973-1987
5
68
Mo-My, 1969-1987
5
69
Margo Leavin Gallery, 1971-1978, 1984
5
70
Martha Jackson, 1962-1969, 1979
(2 folders)
5
71-72
Anthony Mathews, 1970-1973
5
73
Mizuno Gallery, 1970-1979
5
74
Joan Mondale, 1980-1981
5
75
Morgan, Olmstead, Kennedy, and Gardner, 1981-1982
5
76
Multiples Inc., 1969-1973
5
77
Museum of Contemporary Art, 1982-1987
5
78
Museum of Modern Art, 1966-1971, 1983
5
79
N, 1974-1987
5
80
National Endowment For the Arts, 1966-1970, 1982-1984
5
81
Rolf Nelson, 1969
5
82
Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1975-1987
5
83
Nicholas Wilder Gallery, 1972-1976
5
84
Nimslo Corporation, 1983
5
85
O, 1970-1988
5
86
Oakland Museum, 1982-1983, 1988
5
87
Office of the State Architect, 1974-1987
5
88
Eliv Olesen, 1980, 1982
5
89
Ollendorf Fine Arts, 1979, 1988-1989
5
90
P-Ph, 1973-1986
5
91
Pi-Pu, 1972-1986
5
92
Pace Gallery, 1970
5
93
Jose Paniagua, 1972
5
94
Pasadena Art Museum, 1969-1970
5
95
Paul Stuart, 1979-1981
5
96
Michael Phillips, 1972-1974
5
97
Peter Plagens, 1971, 1974, 1976
5
98
Pyramid Gallery, 1974-1975
5
99
Jack Quinn, 1976-1982
5
100
R-Re, 1978-1985
6
1
Ri-Ry, 1969-1985
6
2
William Radawec, 1980-1984
6
3
Reese Paley Gallery, 1970
6
4
Mike Ross, 1972-1973
6
5
S-San, 1969-1985
6
6
Sar-Se, 1974-1987
6
7
St-Sw, 1971-1987
6
8
Richard Salmon, 1980
6
9
San Diego State University, 1980-1981
6
10
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1976-1984
6
11
San Francisco Tapestry Workshop, 1979
6
12
San Jose State University, 1981-1982
6
13
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1982-1984
6
14
Seder/Creigh Gallery, 1975-1977
6
15
Sherry French Gallery, 1983
6
16
Benjamin Smith, 1974-1980
6
17
Syracuse China Corporation, 1975-1976
6
18
T-Ti, 1969-1987
6
19
Tj-Tw, 1970-1984
6
20
Tamarind Institute, 1968, 1978-1986
6
21
Texas Gallery, 1970-1984
(4 folders)
6
22-25
Thomas Babeor Gallery, 1980-1984
6
26
James Tyler, 1975-1976, 1980
6
27
U-University of California, 1973-1986
6
28
University of Georgia-Ut, 1970-1986
6
29
University of California, Irvine, 1978-1985
6
30
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1969
6
31
University of Houston, 1978, 1981
6
32
University of Santa Clara, 1980
6
33
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1967-1969
6
34
V, 1969-1987
6
35
Vancouver Art Gallery, 1969-1973
6
36
Alberto Vasquez, 1977-1979
6
37
W-Wa, 1972-1985
6
38
We-Wu, 1972-1984
6
39
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1969-1973, 1981
6
40
Y, circa 1970s-1980s
6
41

Series 3: Gallery and Museum Files , 1961-1989
1.5 Linear feet
Boxes 6-7

This series consists of a wide variety of materials documenting Bengston's business with galleries, museums, and universities, such as sales, exhibitions, and loans. Files may include consignment lists, price lists, invoices, pages from ledgers, shipping receipts, legal agreements, exhibition checklists, lists of catalog reproductions, floor plans, and mailing lists. Galleries represented in the files include the Ferus Gallery, James Corcoran Gallery, Janie C. Lee Gallery, John Berggruen Gallery, Martha Jackson Gallery, Texas Gallery, and Thomas Babeor Gallery. Extensive documentation exists for Bengston's 1968 retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his 1981 exhibition of watercolors at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and his 1988 retrospective organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum.
Note that the bulk of the correspondence with museums and galleries is found in Series 2 above. Folders relating to university galleries have been titled by the name of the university rather than the name of the gallery.
Description Container Select
Acquavella Gallery, 1978-1986
6
42-45
American Craft Museum, 1985
6
46
American Federation of Arts, 1967-1968
6
47
Aspen Art Museum, circa 1986
6
48
Auckland City Art Gallery, 1981
6
49
California State University, Fullerton, 1982
6
50
Cantor/Lemberg Gallery, 1979-1983
6
51
Conejo Valley Art Museum, 1979-1980
6
52
Contemporary Arts Center, 1983
6
53
Contemporary Arts Museum, 1981, 1984, 1987-1989
(4 folders)
6
54-57
Corcoran and Corcoran, Ltd., 1972-1973
6
58
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1980-1981
(2 folders)
6
59-60
David Anderson Gallery, 1981, 1984
6
61
Diane Gilson Gallery, 1970s-1980s
6
62
Dobrick Gallery, circa 1976
6
63
Dootson/Calderhead Gallery, 1975-1976
6
64
Dorothy Rosenthal Gallery, 1980-1984
6
65
Douglas Drake Gallery, 1984
6
66
Edizioni O, 1969-1970
6
67
Eve Mannes Galleries, 1985
6
68
Everson Museum of Art, 1975-1976
6
69
Felicity Samuel Gallery, 1971-1973
6
70
Fendrick Gallery, 1974
6
71
Ferus Gallery, 1961-1962, 1964-1965
6
72
Fuller Goldeen Gallery, 1978-1986
6
73
Galerie Neuendorf, 1970-1973
6
74
Gloria Luria Gallery, circa 1982
6
75
Hokim Kaufman Gallery, 1984
6
76
Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1980
6
77
Hunsaker/Schlesinger Gallery, 1981, 1984
6
78
Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1984
6
79
Jack Glenn Gallery, 1971
6
80
James Corcoran Gallery, 1976-1983
(12 folders)
6
81-92
James Corcoran Gallery, 1984-1986
(3 folders)
7
1-3
Janie C. Lee, 1969-1973
7
4
Janus Gallery, 1980-1981, 1984
7
5
Jared Sable Gallery, 1974
7
6
John Berggruen Gallery, 1973-1975, 1978-1985
(2 folders)
7
7-8
Joslyn Art Museum, 1970
7
9
Koplin Gallery, 1984
7
10
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 1986
7
11
L.A. Louvre Gallery, 1982-1983
7
12
Laguna Beach Museum of Art, 1986
7
13
Linda Farris Gallery, 1981-1986
7
14
Locksley Shea Gallery, 1971
7
15
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1968-1970, 1980-1981 ,1983, 1988
(5 folders)
7
16-20
Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, 1983
7
21
Lowe Art Museum, 1980
7
22
Malibu Art and Design, 1980
7
23
Malinda Wyatt Gallery, 1980-1983
7
24
Margo Leavin Gallery, 1969-1974
7
25
Martha Jackson Gallery, 1962, 1964-1969
(2 folders)
7
26-27
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1974
7
28
Mirage Editions, 1981-1982, 1984
7
29
Mizuno Gallery, 1970-1980
7
30
Multiples Inc., 1968-1973
7
31
Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall, 1984
7
32
Museum of Contemporary Art, 1983
7
33
Museum of Modern Art, 1979
7
34
Rolf Nelson, 1968-1969
7
35
Nicholas Wilder Gallery, 1972-1976
7
36
Oakland Museum, 1983, 1988
7
37
Otis Art Institute, 1980, 1982
7
38
Pace Gallery, 1970-1971
7
39
Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, 1984
7
40
Pasadena Art Museum, circa 1970
7
41
Portland Center For Visual Arts, 1976
7
42
Pyramid Galleries, 1974-1976
7
43
Reese Paley Gallery, 1970
7
44
Rhode Island School of Design, 1975
7
45
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 1972
7
46
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, 1983
7
47
Ruth Schaffner Gallery, 1975-1976
7
48
San Diego University, 1980-1981
7
49
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1976, 1980-1981
7
50
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1983
7
51
Seder/Creigh Gallery, 1975-1976
7
52
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, 1984
7
53
Signature Gallery, 1984
7
54
Smith Anderson Gallery, 1984
7
55
Texas Gallery, 1971-1984
(6 folders)
7
56-61
Thomas Babeor Gallery, 1980-1984
(4 folders)
7
62-65
Tortue Gallery, 1975-1976
7
66
University of Houston, 1978, 1981
7
67
University of South Florida, 1980
7
68
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1969-1970
7
69
Vancouver Art Gallery, circa 1969
7
70
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1967, 1970s, 1981-1982
7
71
Works Gallery, 1980
7
72

Series 4: Teaching Records , 1968-1982
7 Folders
Box 7

Found here are scattered documents relating to Bengston's brief teaching career and lecture series at the University of California, Irvine, University of Colorado, and the Art Center of the College of Design. There is also one folder concerning the California Arts Council Master/Apprentice program and three folders of papers written by his students at University of California, Irvine.
Description Container Select
Art Center College of Design, 1968
7
73
California Arts Council, 1982
7
74
University of California, Irvine, 1973
(4 folders)
7
75-78
University of Colorado, 1969
7
79

Series 5: Personal Business Records , circa 1960-1987
1 Linear foot
Boxes 7-8

This series houses Bengton's personal business records documenting sales, loans, shipping, and the restoration of his artwork through correspondence, inventories, invoices, price lists, and receipts. Also found are records of sales and loans of artwork by others in his possession, and his representation of Paula Barton.
Records of personal finances include purchase orders, insurance estimates, tax forms, utility bills, investment records, and grant applications to the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Description Container Select
Art Sales, circa 1960, 1968, 1970-1974
(6 folders)
7
80-85
Paula Barton, 1969-1972
7
86
Bill of Sale, 1980
7
87
Brooke Alexander Inc., 1969-1984
7
88
Check Fraud, 1983
7
89
Consignment Sheets, 1968-1971
7
90
Contracting, 1977
7
91
Damaged Artwork, 1966-1972
8
1
Guggenheim Foundation, 1967-1971, 1975
(3 folders)
8
2-4
House and Apartment Rentals, circa 1970s
8
5
IBM, 1978-1986
8
6
Insurance for Studio, circa 1960s, 1974-1981
8
7
Inventories, circa 1970, 1979-1983
(2 folders)
8
8-9
Invoices, 1968-1975, 1980-1986
(3 folders)
8
10-12
IOU, 1971
8
13
Loans, 1966-1982, 1986-1987
(21 folders)
8
14-34
National Endowment For the Arts, 1975
8
35
Pacific Interconnect, 1982-1983
8
36
P.C. Associates, 1980-1986
(5 folders)
8
37-41
Personal Appearance Release, 1987
8
42
Price Lists, circa 1960s-1980s
(2 folders)
8
43-44
Purchases, 1970, 1972, 1979-1984
(3 folders)
8
45-47
PYTKA, 1985
8
48
Shipping Receipts, 1979-1987
(4 folders)
8
49-52
Sprint, circa 1986
8
53
Swim Swim, 1979-1981
8
54
United Artists Ltd., 1971-1983
8
55

Series 6: Project Files , 1968-1987
0.25 Linear feet
Boxes 8-9

This series includes scattered correspondence, agreements, floor plans, notes, and printed materials related to several of Bengston's commissions and projects. Projects include the book Business Cards with Ed Ruscha, work with Mexican weavers and ceramicists, and the construction of a studio in Hawaii. Commission files are found for artwork Bengston executed for various public buildings in California, including the California State Office Building and the Prestonwood Towne Center. Also found are files concerning Bengston's Zodiac series, work on posters for the 1984 Olympic Games and the Broadway, watercolors to raise money for Jerry Brown's 1982 gubenatorial campaign, and designs for the house of Roy and Carol Doumani. Also found are a few scattered miscellaneous files concerning an exhibition held at Bengston's studio and one at the Security Pacific Bank.
Photographs related to projects and commissions are found in Series 10, Photographs.
Description Container Select
Artist Studio Open House, 1973-1975
8
56
Blankets, 1977-1979
8
57
The Broadway, 1981-1982
9
1
Building Arts Production Company, 1987
9
2
Business Cards, Correspondence, 1973-1975
9
3
Business Cards, Financial Materials, 1968-1977
9
4-5
Business Cards, Notes, circa 1968
9
6
Business Cards, Printed Materials, 1968
9
7
California State Office Building, Long Beach, 1981-1983
9
8
Doumani House, circa 1978-1984
9
9
Exhibition Announcement Contest, 1973
9
10
Hawaii Studio, circa 1979
9
11
Houston Ballet, 1978-1979
9
12
Institute of Experimental Printmaking, 1978-1985
9
13
Irvine Hilton, 1984-1986
(2 folders)
9
14-15
Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, 1976
9
16
Mexican Ceramics, 1973-1974
9
17
Olympic Poster, 1981-1983
(2 folders)
9
18-19
Prestonwood Towne Center, 1977
9
20
Scarf Design, 1977
9
21
Security Pacific Bank Exhibition, 1978
9
22
Sidecar, 1984-1985
9
23
Venice Family Clinic, 1984
9
24
Watercolors For Jerry Brown Campaign, 1982
9
25
Zodiac, 1970s-1980s
(2 folders)
9
26-27

Series 7: Writings , 1967-circa 1988
0.25 Linear feet
Box 9, OV 1

This series consists of writings by Bengston and others. Writings and notes by Bengston concern exhibitions of West Coast art, thoughts on being an artist and the artistic community in general, motorcycles, autobiographical essays, and a recollection of John Altoon. Also included are art survey questionnaires sent out by Bengston; respondents include Peter Alexander, Carl Andre, John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Joe Goode, Robert Graham, Roy Lichtenstein, John McCracken, Robert Motherwell, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, Peter Voulkos, and H.C. Westermann. Clippings of published articles by Bengston have been filed in this series.
The bulk of the writings by others are essays written for exhibition catalogs. Also found are transcripts of interviews with Bengston, exhibition reviews, an article about the Doumani House project, essays about Bengston and his work, including one by Christopher Isherwood, and a proposed exhibition program by Walter Hopps, Robert Irwin, and Joshua Young.
Description Container Select
Writings by Bengston
Artist's Survey, 1970
9
28
Autobiographical Writings, circa 1968
9
29
"Grab Ass,", circa 1970s
9
30
"Late Fifties at Ferus,", 1969
(see also OV 1)
9
31
Letters of Recommendation, 1970, 1976, 1981, 1984
9
32
"Los Angeles Artists' Studios,", 1970
9
33
On Artistic Community, 1960s
9
34
On John Altoon, circa 1969
9
35
On Motorcycles, circa 1970s
9
36
On "West Coast: 1945-1969" at the Pasadena Art Museum, circa 1970
9
37
"The Revolution and Invelopment of California Art in California,", late 1960s
9
38
"Sequential Order For Artistic Downfall,", late 1970s
9
39
Writings by Others
[Biographical Sketch and Exhibition List], 1979
9
40
[Copy For New Works In Clay Catalog], 1976
9
41
[Doumani House], circa 1982
9
42
"A Remembrance of the Emerging Los Angeles Art Scene," by Henry Hopkins, circa 1988
9
43
"Artist's Dialogue: a Conversation With Billy Al Bengston," by Fredericka Hunter, 1984
9
44
[On Bengston's Paintings] by Christopher Isherwood, circa 1976
9
45
"Interview With Billy Al Bengston" by Andrea Leavin, 1975
9
46
"Billy Al Bengston: Some Retrospective Thoughts" by Jane Livingston, circa 1988
9
47
[Introduction to Billy Al Bengston: Watercolors 1974-1980] by Jane Livingston, circa 1981
9
48
"Billy Al Bengston, For Example" by Jeff Perrone, circa 1981
9
49
"Billy Al Bengston: New Paintings" by Peter Plagens, 1975
9
50
"Preface [to Billy Al Bengston: Paintings of Three Decades]" by Linda Cathcart and Christina Orr-Cahall, circa 1988
9
51
"Proposal For Exhibition Program" by Walter Hopps, Robert Irwin, and Joshua Young, circa 1970s
9
52
[Biographical Sketch] by Allan Shean, 1967
9
53
"Painting As a Visual Diary" by Karen Tsujimoto, circa 1987
(2 folders)
9
54-55
"The Installation of Billy Al Bengston at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art" by Maurice Tuchman, 1987
9
56
Unidentified Manuscript, 1960s
9
57
"Late Fifties at Ferus,", 1969
(see also Box 9, F31)
OV 1

Series 8: Artwork , 1960s-1987
7 Folders
Box 9

This series consists mainly of artwork created by Bengston for projects and commissions, including sketches for the Building Arts Company, Prestonwood Towne Center, and Sidecar lamp projects, and drawings for the Zodiac project. Also included are drawings of frames and paintings, two watercolors, and doodles.
Description Container Select
Drawings, 1960s-1970s
9
58
Drawings For Zodiac Project, 1970s-1980s
9
59
Print, circa 1978-1982
9
60
Sketches For Building Arts Production Company Project, 1987
9
61
Sketches For Prestonwood Towne Center, circa 1977
9
62
Sketches of Lamps For Sidecar, 1984
9
63
Watercolors, 1970s-1980s
9
64

Series 9: Printed Materials , 1958-1988
1.25 Linear feet
Boxes 9-10, OV 1-2

This series includes clippings, exhibition announcements, exhibition catalogs, posters, press releases, and reproductions of artwork. Clippings are about Bengston, reviews of group and solo exhibitions, articles about southern California art and culture, and coverage of art and social events. The majority of exhibition catalogs are for group exhibitions, while exhibition announcements include both solo and group shows. Also included are advertisements, product catalogs, bus schedules, and athletic and outdoor club brochures collected for Bengston's personal use. Of interest is a poster for Bengston's first exhibition in 1956, the exhibition catalog for Bengston's first solo exhibition in 1958, a poster for a 1962 exhibition autographed by Buster Keaton, and the exhibition catalog designed by Ed Ruscha for Bengston's 1968 retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Description Container Select
Advertisements, circa 1981
9
65
Biographical Sketch, circa 1978
9
66
Book Catalog, 1988
9
67
Catalog of Exhibitions, 1981
9
68
Catalogs, 1985 and circa 1980s
9
69
Clippings
Articles About Bengston, 1968-1975, 1977-1985
(3 folders)
9
70-72
General Clippings, 1962-1964, 1966-1988
(22 folders; see also OV 1)
9
73-94
Reviews and Notices, 1962, 1968-1988
(18 folders; see also OV 1-2)
10
1-18
Exhibition Announcements, 1959, 1970-1984, 1988
(3 folders)
10
19-21
Catalogs, 1958, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1976-1977, 1979, 1981-1984
(5 folders)
10
22-26
Exhibition Flyers, circa 1969
10
27
Furniture Advertisements and Catalogs, 1981
10
28
Hawaii Materials, circa 1976
10
29
Invitations, 1976
10
30
Los Angeles Children's Museum, 1979
10
31
Maps, 1978
10
32
Postcards, circa 1970s-1980s
10
33
Posters, 1969-1970, 1973, 1975-1976, 1978-1983
(3 folders; see also OV 2)
10
34-36
Press Releases, 1968-1969, 1971-1972, 1976-1978, 1982, 1984, 1988
10
37
Reproductions of Art Work, 1970s-1980s
10
38
Running Seminar Brochure, 1979
10
39
General Clippings, 1964, 1966, 1971, 1974
(see also Box 9, F73-94)
OV 1
Reviews and Notices, 1965, 1967-1968
(see also Box 10, F1-18)
OV 1
Reviews and Notices, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978-1979
(see also Box 10, F1-18)
OV 2
Posters, 1956, 1960-1962, 1988
(see also Box 10, F34-36)
OV 2

Series 10: Photographs , circa 1940s-1987
0.5 Linear feet
Box 10

Photographs are of Bengston, his friends, galleries, exhibitions, sites of Bengston's commissions, and one family photograph dating from the 1940s. Photographs of other artists include Carlos Almaraz, Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney, Garry Winogrand. Also included are photographs of artwork, including the Plato de Moreno series of watercolors commissioned in 1982 by Jerry Brown's gubernatorial campaign. Photocopies of photographs not found elsewhere have been kept. Of interest are photographs of Bengston during his 1975 residency at the Everson Museum of Art, helping to construct the house of Roy and Carol Doumani, and Bengston conversing with Buck Henry.
Also found are slides of Bengston's artwork for the installation of his 1988 retrospective.
Description Container Select
Artists, 1982
Found are photographs of Carlos Almaraz, Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney, Garry Winogrand.
10
40
Artwork, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1975-1976, 1980-1983, 1986, and undated
(11 folders)
10
41-51
Artwork By Others, 1970
Found are photographs of artwork by Father Lee Lubbers
10
52
Billy Al Bengston, circa 1940s, 1975, 1981-1982
10
53
Billy Al Bengston (Photocopies), 1959, 1970s
10
54
Billboard, 1987
10
55
California State Office Building, Long Beach, circa 1982
10
56
Damaged Artwork, 1969, 1970s
10
57
Doumani House, circa 1978-1980
10
58
Fredericka Hunter and Ian Glennie, circa 1978
10
59
Galleries, 1969, 1978, 1983, 1987
(2 folders)
10
60-61
Installation of Artwork, 1970s
10
62
Institute of Experimental Printmaking, circa 1978-1982
Found are photographs of Sam Francis
10
63
Irvine Hilton Project, circa 1985-1986
10
64
Hans Neuendorf, 1960s-1970s
10
65
Justyn Notcek, 1976
10
66
Mexico, circa 1978
10
67
Olympic Posters, 1983
10
68
Prestonwood Towne Center Project, circa 1977
10
69
Transparency, 1970s
10
70
Unknown Girl, circa 1960s
10
71
Slides
Artwork, 1971-1972
10
72
Artwork, 1973
10
73
Artwork, 1974
10
74
Artwork, 1975
10
75
Artwork, 1976
10
76
Artwork, 1977-1978
10
77
Artwork, 1979
10
78
Artwork, 1980
10
79
Artwork, 1981
10
80
Artwork, 1982
10
81
Artwork, 1983
10
82
Artwork, 1984
10
83
Artwork, 1986
10
84
Undated Artwork, 1970s-1980s
10
85
Illustrations For Unknown Publication, circa 1977
10
86
Installation of "Billy Al Bengston: Paintings of Three Decades" at the Contemporary Arts Museum, 1988
10
87
Installation of "Billy Al Bengston: Paintings of Three Decades" at the Oakland Museum, 1988
10
88
Installation of "Billy Al Bengston: Paintings of Three Decades" at the Contemporary Museum of Art, Honolulu [?], 1988-1989
10
89
Building Arts Project, 1987
10
90
California State Office Building, Long Beach, 1981-1983
10
91
Institute of Experimental Printmaking, 1978-1985
10
92
Irvine Hilton, 1984-1986
10
93

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