Los Angeles

Billy Al Bengston

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

As this well-chosen minisurvey made clear, Billy Al Bengston will be a central figure in revisionist accounts of ’60s painting. Not only is his work of the period located at the productive intersection of Color Field and Pop, a convergence explored in current painting (from Kevin Appel to Laura Owens), but he is one of a number of West Coast artists, including Robert Irwin and Ken Price, who were instrumental in redefining the terms of artistic identity in the early ’60s by insisting that subcultural affinities and leisure-time activities (surfing, car customizing) were at the foundation of their artistic personas.

Early in his career, Bengston demonstrated that he had absorbed the structural lessons of late modernist painting, particularly the target works of Kenneth Noland.

According to Michael Fried, Noland’s breakthrough was to position his concentric motifs at the exact middle of

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