EXHIBITION CATALOGUE OF SPRAY-PAINTER BILLY AL BENGSTON, WHIMSICALLY DESIGNED BY EDWARD RUSCHA
BENGSTON, Billy Al. Billy Al Bengston. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (1968). Oblong octavo, original stiff sandpaper covers, post-bound with nuts and bolts. $750.
First edition of this creative museum catalogue containing 46 images of Bengston’s work, designed by Edward Ruscha and bound by the Keystone Bolt & Supply Company.
“Bengston has inspired artists in many parts of the United States and abroad, especially with his successful experimentation using automobile lacquers and spray techniques.” The 1968 retrospective exhibition of 46 paintings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art “brought together the artist’s works from all phases of his production over the past ten years.” Pop artist, photographer, and “word painter” Edward Ruscha designed the catalogue. Brief biography of Bengston laid in.