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BILLY - WITH A FLOCKED SANDPAPER COVER DESIGNED BY ED RUSCHA - AN EXTRAORDINARY SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles 1968 - np (64pp), 41 b&w and 10 color illustrations. With an exhibition history and bibliography. Designed by Edward Ruscha. In a protective clear acetate dustwrapper. "Billy" is the innovatively designed and bound catalogue published in conjunction with the first major Museum retrospective of the noted Venice surfer cum motorcycle racer cum artist Billy Al Bengston. Its covers are two sheets of 50 and 100 grit Garnet sandpaper with Ed Ruscha's emblematic "Billy" flocked in pink on the front, and clasped through the spine with two machine bolts with hexagonal nuts that also secure a pink satin ribbon page marker. Each of the forty-six exhibited works by the Ferus Gallery-affiliated artist is reproduced, including more than a dozen of his innovative "dento" paintings on aluminum. Bengston was the real life "Moondoggie" to Kathy Kohner's "Gidget" in the popular Frederick Kohner novel of the same name, and the frontispiece portrait of the artist as a young man is by Don Bachardy. The design and installation for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition was by Frank Gehry! A most handsome example of this ultra-cool Ruscha-inflected objet bearing the BOLDLY SIGNED INSCRIPTION "For Bill / Come by / B.A.B." to William Wilson in blue ink on the title page showing just the slightest bit of wear with the "67X The Authorized Version / Bengston Bio" attributed to Alan D. Shean printed as a single tissue sheet laid in, as issued. The late William Wilson was the noted art critic for the Los Angeles Times for over thirty years, and a friend of the artist. We obtained this directly from Mr. Wilson's library prior to his passing. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Arcana: Books on the Arts]
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