Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to announce Warm California, an exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist Billy Al Bengston. Focusing on suspended, unstretched canvases and freestanding screens created by Bengston in the 1970s, the show includes works never exhibited in New York.
Bengston emerged as part of a vibrant scene in California surrounding Los Angeles’ Ferus Gallery, which hosted his first solo exhibition in 1958. Once referring to oil paint as “pigment mixed up in salad dressing”, Bengston favored the synthetic – his early works were deeply ingrained in LA car culture, utilizing polyurethane lacquer on thin aluminum sheets. Building upon a repeated, central motif of a sergeant’s stripes, these works, with their slick, machine-like finish became a vehicle for exploring composition, color, and form.