How the Legendary Ferus Gallery Put L.A. on the Art World’s Map
Published by Billy Al Bengston and Ed Ruscha, Los Angeles
Condition Report: 5-1/2 inch hard crease upper left corner of the back cover and several other pages; creases throughout; polaroid on front has tear, abrasions, and smudges; both artist's signatures are smeared; smudges and stains through out each page.
Signature: Signed by both artist's in ink on front cover
Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
A flamboyant character and a key figure in the Ferus Gallery circle in Los Angeles, Billy Al Bengston is associated with West Coast Pop and best known for spray painting dented sheets of square aluminum with lacquer. These highly finished pieces often featured car and motorcycle motifs, such as the chevron symbol placed at the center of his works, and many include Bengston’s signature sergeant’s stripes, or abstracted images of hearts. His interest in car culture would inspire Judy Chicago, a student of Bengston’s, to attend auto body school and eventually use spray paint techniques.
American, b. 1934, Dodge City, Kansas, based in Los Angeles, California