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The Craig Kauffman catalogue raisonné project uses panOpticon tools

Craig Kauffman (1932-2010) was an artist internationally recognized for his sensuous use of color and new materials. Often cited as a seminal figure in the Los Angeles art world during the 1950s and 1960s, Kauffman rose to the attention of critics and collectors with his first major one-man show of paintings at Felix Landau Gallery in 1953. His exhibitions at the legendary Ferus gallery, from 1958 through 1967, inspired the clean, cool abstraction that defines the period in modern art from Los Angeles.

However, it was Kauffman’s paintings on the substrate of acrylic plastic that gained him international attention and fame. After an initial group of works with flat plastic, Kauffman discovered the industrial process of vacuum forming, and proceeded to translate his sensuous forms to wall reliefs, painted on the reverse with sprayed acrylic lacquer.

Kauffman traveled and lived in Paris and New York during subsequent years, and also taught painting at the University of California from 1967 to the early 1990s. Eventually, he took up residence in the Philippines, where he continued to work in a home and studio that he designed until his passing in May of 2010. His work is in the collections of over 25 museums worldwide.

We at panOpticon are pleased that the Estate of Craig Kauffman chose our innovative content management system for this important undertaking.

Above left: Craig Kauffman in 1998. Photo: Rob Gauthier, Los Angeles Times.

Above right: Craig Kauffman, Untitled Wall Relief, 1967–2008. Acrylic lacquer on vacuum-formed plastic. 52 x 72 x 15 inches. Photo courtesy the Estate of Craig Kauffman.

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