Jerry is frequently asked to appraise works by Dali and other artists and has examined and or appraised over 10,000 prints. In October, 2004, Jerry Bengis appraised artwork for the estate of Albert Field, archivist and author of The Official Catalogue of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali. This collection was donated to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2006 Jerry curated a Salvador Dali show at the Coral Springs Museum of Art which included pieces from the Bengis Collection and The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Jerry Bengis has been an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers for 20 years. Brenda Bengis is an attorney with a private practice in Coral Springs, president and owner of Bengis Fine Art Gallery and an avid collector of contemporary art.
About the film, LITTLE ASHES
LITTLE ASHES a drama set in the midst of the repression and political unrest of pre-Spanish Civil War was also a time that gave birth to a generation of young artists. The story follows eccentric artist Salvador Dalí, renowned poet and revolutionary Federico García Lorca and Luis Bunell when they met while attending Residencia de Estudiantes. The three become a formidable trio, the most ultra-modern group in Madrid. Although Dali and Buñuel would later go on to work on the film Un Chien Andalou together, it was García Lorca with whom Dali was exceptionally close. Together, Dali and Garcia Lorca find their artistic and sexual freedom in each other and form a bond challenged by their fierce ambitions, the struggle between a love for Spain and a love for each other.