PRINT May 1973

No/Yes on the West Coast

YES: IT SURE WAS NICE to talk into those galleries, after all this crap—information pieces, body pieces, Process pieces, etc.—and see some nice white walls with some pictures hung up on them.

No: Who needs it? Hasn’t it been done a hundred times: artists cranking out their little pictures, hoping to make a killing on them?

None of that matters when you look at, say, the big white Bengston on the back wall: a great big silvery white field whipped across with swirls of white and light pink and these graceful, crisp, blue flings; a luscious dark square in the middle, brown, with continuations of the same blue from the outside. It’s breathtaking, with no complications.

And there you have it: Southern California art-merchandising of what was the passion that killed Pollock in 1956. Pollock flung paint because he had something eating his gut; Billy does it because he knows he can make something

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