Billy Al Bengston papers, circa 1940s-1989, (bulk 1968-1988)
Bengston, Billy Al, 1934-
Chamberlain, John Angus
Motherwell, Robert Burns
Martha Jackson Gallery
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)
James Corcoran Gallery
John Berggruen Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
10.2 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Biographical material, personal and business correspondence, exhibition files, project files, writings, notes, art works, photographs, slides, and printed material, primarily relating to Bengston's painting career.
Billy Al Bengston papers, circa 1940s-1989, (bulk 1968-1988). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation.
Found in the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews with Bengston conducted by Susan Larsen, Sept. 9, 1980, and Susan Ford Morgan, Aug. 2-Oct. 7, 2002. Also found are portraits of Bengston in the Photographs of artists taken by Mimi Jacobs collection, and a rare copy of the book "Business Cards" by Bengston and Ed Ruscha in the Wallace Berman papers.
Painter; Los Angeles, Calif. and Hawaii. Bengston was born in Kansas in 1934. He attended Los Angeles City College, California College of Arts and Crafts, and Los Angeles County Art Institute. He originally studied ceramics with Peter Voulkos. He had his first one man exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in 1958 and has since exhibited at a variety of galleries across the country, as well as on a regular basis at the James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles. In 1988, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston organized a major retrospective. Bengston has also held various teaching positions. He was also the founder of Artist Studio, a a gallery which showed primarily his own work and that of Ed Moses, Ken Price, and Ed Ruscha.
Donated 1990 by Billy Al Bengston.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001