Los Angeles

Ed Moses And Billy Al Bengston

Mizuno Gallery

One does see a lot of Billy Al Bengston in a season—one-man show at Riko’s, group show same place, group show at Artist Studio, another show at Riko’s—and Ed Moses , whom Bengston calls an “underground hero of perversity,” also seems to be going public. No matter, since, especially for Moses, the work is quite nice and it all gets better enough each time out, to make the frequency agreeable. Moreover, Bengston has enough PR chutzpa to be the Maharishi’s road manager and this time the tone is a mild parody on art-marketing (hopefully profitable art-marketing in itself): Bengston and Moses are artisans (not artists), offering “tapestries” and “tea tables” (not painting and sculpture) in a sale (not exhibition) under the aegis of Mizuno, a shopkeeper (not dealer). Just a couple of honest cobblers bartering, like their father’s father before them, hand-made wares in ye olde alleye shoppe,

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