Craig Kauffman

Craig Kauffman

1932 – 2010
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Craig Kauffman studied architecture at the University of Southern California and art at the University of California, Los Angeles, completing his MA in 1956. Initially an abstract painter, he exhibited first with Felix Landau Gallery, and then became one of the prominent and influential artists that showed regularly at Ferus Gallery. In 1964, he began experimenting with transparent plastics using vacuum-forming technologies to create objects that were painted to appear ephemeral by modulating the light around them.
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Kauffman’s bubbles experiment with the continuum of space, with surfaces that meld into the wall. This was a characteristic of 1960s and early-1970s Finish Fetish and Light and Space work, and it was seen as a strategy for merging the work with the environment and establishing, as seamlessly as possible, an interconnection of the object with the space of the surrounding room.

Untitled
Oil on linen mounted on board, 1960
19 x 24 inches
Gift of Ruth and Murray Gribin
2001.010.083
Untitled
Acrylic and lacquer on vacuum-formed Plexiglas, 1968
22 1/2 x 52 x 12 1/2 inches
Gift of the Ruth and Murray Gribin Trust
2008.004
Paris
Acrylic on muslin on wood, 1975
93 x 89 inches
Gift of Mason and Elizabeth Phelps
1991.009
1991.128.009_Craig Kauffman_Barcelona Portfolio_Thumb Untitled (From the Barcelona Collection)
Lithograph on Guarro paper, 1988
29 7/8 x 22 inches
Gift of Ed Moses and Family
1991.128.009
1991.128.010_Craig Kauffman_Barcelona Portfolio_Thumb Untitled (From the Barcelona Collection)
Etching on Guarro paper, 1988
22 x 29 7/8 inches
Gift of Ed Moses and Family
1991.128.010