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

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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

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