Billy Al Bengston

This first edition of Billy Al Bengston’s “Billy II: (Paintings of Three Decades)” was published in 1988 on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and The Oakland Museum.

Accompanied by texts from Jane Livingston, Karen Tsujimoto, Henry T. Hopkins and Maurice Tuchman, this 144 page book (including two gatefolds) colourfully showcases the flamboyant paintings of iconic Venice, Los Angeles-based artist/surfer/motorcycle racer Billy Al Bengston.

Bengston’s work in painting and sculpture (a key artist of the Ferus Gallery group, first exhibiting there in 1958) was aligned with ‘West Coast Pop’. He employed industrial materials and techniques associated with the decoration of motorcycle tanks and surfboards in the creation of his works; the polished surfaces he achieved with spray lacquer connected him to early conceptions of Finish Fetish. Through the years he has collaborated with friends Frank Gehry and Ed Ruscha, amongst others.

This book, designed by Dana Levy, also includes a chronology, exhibition checklist, selected exhibitions and a selected bibliography.

* Condition: Very Good (only minor shelf wear, tanning)– All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Billy Al Bengston - Billy II: Paintings of Three Decades
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