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Billy Al Bengston 

Artist, Guest Speaker, Los Angeles

Billy Al Bengston was part of the Los Angeles Speakers Series panel, A Conversation With California Art Legends, at The Broad Stage on January 18, 2017.

Billy Al Bengston (b. 1934) is a flamboyant character, who beginning in the late 1950s, combined art with professional motorcycle racing and quickly became a key player in the Ferus Gallery circle. He had five solo shows at Ferus from 1958 to 1963, as well as a major exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1968. The motorcycle imagery in several early works associated Bengston with West Coast Pop, as did his use of techniques and materials drawn from custom-car and motorcycle culture, while the polished surfaces he achieved with spray lacquer also connected him to early conceptions of Finish Fetish.


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