California Artist: Craig Kauffman

We were sad to hear of the passing of California artist Craig Kauffman on this past Sunday, May 9th.

Kauffman was part of the 1960’s Venice, California, scene alongside Ed Ruscha, Ed Moses, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Graham, John McCracken and Peter Alexander.  He was one of the first artists who exhibited at Ferus Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard and was instrumental in the early success of the gallery. His minimalistic style was evident in his prints, drawings and paintings.

In recent memory, news of Kauffman permeated the art scene when his 1967 sculpture of pink and yellow translucent material fell off the wall while on loan from LACMA at the Pompidou in 2006 causing an insurance nightmare.  It shattered and, with Kauffman’s help, was remade for LACMA and titled “Untitled Wall Relief (cast by the artist from the irreparably damaged ‘Untitled Wall Relief’ 1967), 2008”.

Lot 342, Craig Kauffman, Untitled (#318C), 1981, Lithograph, Signature and dated lower right; edition lower left, #34 of 45, Estimate $1,200 - 1,500, December 2009 Auction Realized $2,205

Lot 265, Craig Kauffman, Untitled, 1983, Lithograph, Estimate $1,000 - 1,500, October 2007 Auction

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