by florence cheval
‘It is all very easy to execute, does not exist until it has been executed, ceases to exist when it has been taken down.’
Bill Bollinger, Screen Piece, 1968
Exhibition view: Kunsthalle Bern, 1969
Bill Bollinger (1939-1988) first studied aeronautical engineering before moving to New-York to become an artist.
He showed his work at ‘Nine at Leo Castelli’ in 1968 and took part in ‘Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form’ (Harald Szeemann) at the Kunsthalle Bern (1969).
He died of alcoholism in 1988, unremarked.
Bill Bollinger, Graphite Piece, 1969
Christiane Meyer-Stoll contributed to the rediscovery of his work 40 years later by setting up a survey at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in 2011:
Bollinger’s work will be on view at SculptureCenter in New-York from the 22nd of April: www.sculpture-center.org