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Craig Kauffman

American, 1932–2010

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Craig Kauffman

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American, 1932–2010

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Biography

Best known for his lozenge-shaped plastic wall reliefs, or “bubbles,” Craig Kauffman was a major figure in the Southern Californian art world of the 1950s and ’60s and part of the original stable of artists associated with the renowned Ferus Gallery. Kauffman painted atop (and sometimes behind) translucent, vacuum-formed plastics, and was the first contemporary artist to use this commercial technology. Influenced by Minimalism, as well as a wide range of European and Asian art movements, Kauffman worked in a clean-lined aesthetic that was by turns gestural and evocatively sensual. His approach—aligned with the practices of his Californian contemporaries Larry Bell and DeWain Valentine, among others—was described by art historians as the “L.A. finish fetish.”

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Biography

Best known for his lozenge-shaped plastic wall reliefs, or “bubbles,” Craig Kauffman was a major figure in the Southern Californian art world of the 1950s and ’60s and part of the original stable of artists associated with the renowned Ferus Gallery. Kauffman painted atop (and sometimes behind) translucent, vacuum-formed plastics, and was the first contemporary artist to use this commercial technology. Influenced by Minimalism, as well as a wide range of European and Asian art movements, Kauffman worked in a clean-lined aesthetic that was by turns gestural and evocatively sensual. His approach—aligned with the practices of his Californian contemporaries Larry Bell and DeWain Valentine, among others—was described by art historians as the “L.A. finish fetish.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Articles Featuring Craig Kauffman
The Legendary Gallery That Put L.A. on the Art World’s Map
Mar 8th, 2017
The Legendary Gallery That Put L.A. on the Art World’s Map
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