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Oral history interview with Billy Al Bengston, 1980 September 9

view Oral history interview with Billy Al Bengston, 1980 September 9 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Bengston, Billy Al, 1934-
Interviewer:
Larsen, Susan C., 1946-
Subject:
Price, Kenneth Martin
Ruscha, Edward
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 38 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 20 min.
Summary:
An interview of Billy Al Bengston conducted 1980 September 9, by Susan Larsen, for the Archives of American Art.
Bengston speaks of his youth and education, the development of his interest in art, his short career in ceramics, his affiliation with the Ferus Gallery, the arts community in Los Angeles in the early 1950s, and his motives and methods of painting. He recalls Kenneth Price and Edward Ruscha.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Billy Al Bengston, 1980 September 9. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript: microfilm reel 3196 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding:
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note:
Billy Al Bengston (1934- ) is a painter from Venice, California.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Ceramicists
Interviews
Painters
Painting, Modern
Pottery
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12049
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212254
AAA_collcode_bengst80
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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