Yesterday afternoon, in the middle of a very unexpected rainstorm, I stumbled into Andrew Kreps Gallery and Billy Al Bengston’s Warm California. The hanging and standing scrolls that California-based Bengston created in the 1970s fill the gallery, recalling the effects of light on the surface of water. To me, walking through the gallery felt something like being surrounded by the fronds of a weeping willow – the hanging scrolls swayed every so slightly and turned with the movement of forms through the space. It was a serene environment, which Bengston likened to a kelp forest, and was a welcome respite from the downpour outdoors.
The exhibition is on view until June 18th.
Pants: Diane von Furstenberg
Blazer: Diane von Furstenberg
Photos by Kathy Paciello