WALLACE BERMAN PHOTOGRAPHS
Edited by Kristine McKenna & Lorraine Wild
Introduction by Kristine McKenna
Afterword by Lorraine Wild
Hardcover / 9.75 x 11.75 in. / 160 pgs / 140 duotones
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The quintessential visual artist of the Beat generation, Wallace Berman's influence has continued to radiate throughout American art and popular culture since the 1950s. The central and binding figure in a diverse community of artists, poets, actors and musicians, Berman was revered for his wisdom, as well as his achievements as an artist, publisher and filmmaker, but worked in relative obscurity up until his premature death, at the age of 50, in 1976. Over the past decade Berman has been the subject of increasing interest, and his pioneering achievements in serial imagery, installation art, collage, assemblage, and word based artwork have made him something of a cult hero and artist's artist. Prior to the 1999 discovery of an archive of his photographic negatives, it was largely unknown that Berman was also an extremely accomplished photographer. He documented the West Coast Beat culture of the 1950s, the first stirrings of the hippie culture that took root in the canyons of Southern California, in the 60s, and the diverse cast of characters who passed through his world. Wallace Berman Photographs is the first compilation of this work. Only 100 copies of this book remain in print.