A Tribute to Craig Kauffman by Billy Al Bengston

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    Billy Al Bengston and Craig Kauffman. Courtesy of Wendy Al. Photo credit: Pat Beer

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    A recent photograph of Billy Al Bengston, taken at the Diamond Head Beach Hotel. Courtesy of Wendy Al.

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July 26, 2013 - July 28, 2013
Honolulu Museum of Art


Exhibition Overview

We know that the artist Craig Kauffman is dead. We know that the artist Billy Al Bengston is not. We also know that on July 25, the living artist will install an exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art. It will open the next day—during ARTafterDARK— and be on view for only two more days.

We don’t know what he will install (he will hang the show himself), but he has told us it is about Craig Kauffman.

Billy Al did send the Honolulu Museum of Art this:

A TRIBUTE TO CRAIG KAUFFMAN BY BILLY AL BENGSTON.

IN 1958 AT THE ORIGINAL FERUS GALLERY IN LOS ANGELES, CRAIG KAUFFMAN'S PAINTINGS KILLED REGIONALISM.

IT WASN'T NOAH'S ARK ANYMORE. EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF, SINK OR SWIM. (UNFORTUNATELY THERE WERE NO WOMEN AT THAT TIME).
WE ALL TOOK HIS SPARE, ELEGANT AND LIMITED PALATE AS A STEPPING OFF. HIS PAINTINGS SHOWED GREAT HUMOR, REDUCTIVE COLOR AND
SENSIBILITY, AND A MASTER'S TOUCH.
AND THEY WERE TOUGH SONS OF BITCHES.
THEY KNOCKED US ON OUR ASS, SORTA LIKE, WAKE UP AND
“PAY ATTENTION MUTHERFUCKER” (CREDIT: BRUCE NAUMAN).  PLAYGROUND’S CLOSED, NOW GO TO WORK.

AND IT WAS FUN.

CRAIG DIED MAY 9, 2010.
THESE PICTURES WERE A WAY FOR ME TO SORT OF
HONOR HIM.  HE WOULD KNOW THE CONTENT.
IF HE WERE HERE TO SEE THEM, I’M SURE YOU WOULD HEAR HIS UNCONTROLLED CACKLING LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE CAPITAL.

ALOHA CRAIG. BILLY.

Museum researchers have learned that the artist Craig Kauffman had a shoe fetish.

Listen to Billy Al Bengston talk to HPR's Noe Tanigawa about his installation.