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Week #5, 2022

"Gallery Schedules Opening", The Daily Herald, September 10, 1971 Newspaper clipping, Bongé Family Archives.

Dusti Bongé exhibited her work often and in many venues, including here on the Gulf Coast. This is a newspaper clipping announcing an upcoming exhibition of Dusti ’s work at the Gallery Up, in Ocean Spring, MS. It covers the story of Dusti working with architect and gallery owner, William Allen Jr, to mount the debut show at the gallery. 

The show featured some Abstract Expressionist paintings and several of Dusti’s innovative Shape Paintings, the 3-dimensional canvas structures that she built and painted on multiple sides and which could be viewed from many angles. The architectural nature of these pieces and the way one could really experience them spatially surely must have appealed to Mr. Allen as an architect.

The Gallery Up being a large wide-open space with vaulted ceilings allowed Dusti to display several of her large, suspended, circular constructions or Bisecting Circles. These averaged about 4 feet in diameter and were described in this article as “three-dimensional graphic art, creations which hang in space rather than on the wall.” Dusti herself noted that as the air currents flowed through the room these structures would move. This made the experience of viewing the works even more dynamic.

In this article, the photo on the left shows several shape paintings arranged in Dusti Bongé’s garden. The photo on the right shows Dusti Bongé with William Allen in the garden in front of her studio, as they are discussing details of the show.

The show opened on September 12th, 1971. At the time Dusti had already been showing her artwork for over thirty years and would continue to do so in places like New York and Houston among others.

LAST WEEK at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Welcome Center Gallery:​

Dusti Bongé: Joss Paper


Joss paper paintings, 1984-1991, watercolor on joss paper

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The definitive volume on artist Dusti Bongé, by J. Richard Gruber

Dusti Bongé, Art and Life: Biloxi, New Orleans, New York

Hard bound, 12” x 9”, 350 pages, over 500 color and b&w illustrations

Limited edition lithographs of two original

Dusti Bongé drawings. 

Shrimp Boats & Factories, Back Bay Biloxi I


Shrimp Boats & Factories, Back Bay Biloxi II

​12” x 16” drawing,  15” x 22” paper size

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