Los Angeles

Billy Al Bengston

Mizuno Gallery

Billy Al Bengston’s exhibition at the Mizuno Gallery is his first since a major retrospective exhibition of his work was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1968. The installation of the County Museum exhibition was so arranged as to destroy Bengston’s paintings as objects of Kunstwissenschaft. The present exhibition’s presentation heightens the sense of mystique one felt at the County Museum. Of the dozen or so works exhibited, all but three could be seen only by candlelight, a makeshift gesture with makeshift candelabra which serves here only to obscure the luxuriousness of the surfaces of his new works.

All of the objects exhibited are “Dentos,” aluminum sheets of moderate size, ranging from about two to four feet square which have been crinkled or dented, sometimes in a regular pattern, sometimes randomly, then surfaced with lacquer; there are also several “drawings,”

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