Billy Al Bengston


Billy Al Bengston
Acrylic on board, 2007
22 x 22 x 2 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Value: $25,000
Buy it Now: $12,500

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Billy Al Bengston first gained critical attention for his cool, immaculately crafted paintings featuring a chevron motif, which are now recognized as icons of Pop Art. Born in Dodge City, Kansas, he moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1948 and has lived there ever since. He was a key player in the renowned Ferus Gallery circle of artists and had five solo shows there between 1958 and 1963. In a Ferus Gallery show in 1960 he launched his Valentine paintings, all variations on the theme of a composition centered on a heart, and Fuji continues that series. The idea was inspired in part by the work of Jasper Johns in the late 1950s, especially his series of target paintings.

Selected collections
Laguna Art Museum
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Selected exhibitions
Sinister Pop, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2012
Late Fifties at the Ferus, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1968
Edward Kienholz and Billy Al Bengston: Collages, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, 1959


Works can be viewed and purchased in person at Laguna Art Museum on Sunday, February 5, or by appointment from Monday, February 6, through Sunday, February 12 (the museum is closed Wednesday, February 8).

For questions and more information, please email Sarah Strozza or call 949.494.8971 x219.