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The Painting in the Rafters: Re-Figuring Abstract Expressionist Bernice Bing by Jennifer Banta, 2009 What is the mystery? The mystery is the work in process. Visually, I sense a great order of things and attempt to transpose this mystery into a picture. I used to look for meaningful order in life, now I am accepting […]

INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST Selections from interviews with Bernice Bing by Moira Roth and Diane Tani, August 13 and 24, 1991. In 1961, Bernice Bing graduates from the San Francisco Art Institute in its first Masters program; among her fellow students are Joan Brown, Robert Hudson, Leo Valledor, Alvin Light, Cornelia Schulz and William T. Wiley. […]

Bing Exhibition Introduction By Valerie Soe At first glance Bernice Bing’s large, vividly colored gestural canvases seem direct descendants of Abstract Expressionism’s broad, dynamic use of paint and highly charged visual style. Seen in the context of Western art history this reading is entirely appropriate and accurate. Bing attended the California School of Fine Arts […]

Bing Exhibition SOMArts 1991 PREFACE By Moira Roth and Diane Tani As we worked on the research for this catalogue, we became increasingly aware of the richness of Bernice Bing’s art and thinking, together with the intriguing complexities of her history over the past three decades. She was a full fledged member of a loosely […]

WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ART 1996 Honor Award Ceremony an excerpt from the presentation ceremony By Flo Wong There is nothing more challenging to us as human beings than to embark on the path of self-enlightenment. Throughout her life, tonight’s honoree has done this admirably. It is with great honor that I introduce Bernice Lee Bing–artist […]

CLARITY By Moira Roth Bernice Bing was a dearly loved friend of mine, and I knew her very well for the last ten years of her life. I first met her at an extravagant sunny afternoon rooftop party to celebrate Jay de Feo’s 60th birthday in Jay’s Oakland studio in March of 1989. In this […]

QUANTUM BINGO By Lydia Matthews Quantum theory reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. . .but rather (nature) appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole. . .In atomic physics, we can never speak about nature […]

BERNICE BING RETROSPECTIVE – SOMArts Gallery San Francisco – 1991 Column 1 Value Column 0 Value Column 1 Value Elements, 1962 72″ x 72″ Oil Stolen Lotus Root, 1990 96 1/2″ x 60 1/2″ Oil Collection of the Artist’s Estate Big Sur, 1967 32″ x 32″ Acrylic based oil Collection of the Artist’s Estate Abstract […]

A NARRATIVE CHRONOLOGY By Moira Roth Based on a series of taped audio and video interviews with Bing in the fall of 1990 and summer of 1991, material in the artist’s archives, and quotations from Bing’s text in the exhibition catalogue, Completing the Circle: Six Artists; edited by Florence Wong and George Rivera, and sponsored […]