A San Francisco native, Chinese American, artist, lesbian, community
activist—Bernice Bing, was a bridge between many worlds. She came of age
during the Beat era and entered the San Francisco arts landscape in the
1960s with her paintings, which synthesize abstract modernist painting
with Chinese calligraphy.
What do you need to transform a de Kooning into a Rauschenberg? 1 month and 40 erasers.
In 1953, Rauschenberg asked artist Willem de Kooning, an Abstract Expressionist painter whom he admired, for a drawing to erase. De Kooning agreed, selecting a drawing that he thought would be particularly difficult to rub out. Rauschenberg claimed that it took him a month, and about 40 erasers, to complete the job. He kept the erased drawing in his studio for two years. In 1955, when he was invited to submit a drawing to show at the Elinor Poindexter Gallery, Jasper Johns persuaded him to exhibit it. Johns placed the drawing in a gold frame and produced the work’s inscription.