Friday Find: Billy Al Bengston and Ed Ruscha

Progress on our rare book cataloging project is slow but steady. Tucked in among some 19th century American

The catalog is bound in sand paper and screws. Title is pink flocking.

The catalog is bound in sand paper and screws. Title is pink flocking.

bill title pagelandscape titles was this exhibition catalog of Billy Al Bengston’s exhibition at LACMA in 1968. The catalog itself is a work of art. Designed by Ed Ruscha it is what we call today an artist’s book. The exhibition itself was designed by Frank Gehry. This was a powerhouse! Produced in a run of 2500 the catalogs are bound in sandpaper (100 grit on the front board and 50 for the back) and button head screws bind the work. It begs to be touched!

For a first hand account of the landmark exhibition check out this interview with Bengston and Gehry.

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