“Paintings are primarily decoration until you sit down and look at them.“ - Billy Al Bengston

His dazzling polyurethane and lacquer on aluminum works and his more subtle, contemplative watercolor and acrylic paintings repurposing corporate logos and pop culture imagery respond very differently to different lighting situations. A must-see this spring, Bengston's proto-pop art is lighting up New York's Franklin Parrasch Gallery

At the time nobody walked around a museum with earphones, and there was no definition of what everything was or meant. Today, everything is spoon-fed, but in those days you had to look. Today, nobody looks. They just listen and walk around and bump into other people.

Billy Al Bengston, On Frank Gehry’s Installation for Bengston’s Exhibition at LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, 1968 / 2012