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

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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

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