Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wallace Berman of the Beat Generation at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery

Wallace Berman
November 6, 2009 - January 9, 2010
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, 526 W. 26th Street, #213, New York, NY 10001

Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Wallace Berman (1926-1976), a multi-media artist of California's infamous Beat generation. Building on the gallery's longstanding involvement with artists of the California counterculture, this exhibition presents a rare opportunity to consider the scope of Berman's practice.  Considered by many to be a major figure of the assemblage movement, Berman was active within the Los Angeles and San Francisco Beat communities and acted as a mentor and spiritual advisor to many artists.

Through sculpture, collage and the underground publication Semina, Berman fused aspects of photography, film and print.   Central to Berman's multifaceted practice is the Verifax collage, an early photocopier technology.  Berman manipulated ephemeral compositions directly on the copier plate, creating prints that are in fact unique originals. In 1957, Berman had his first gallery show at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. However, after only two weeks, the police came to the gallery on an anonymous tip searching for a work that had been described as pornographic. A small, appropriated image near the exit caused the police to deem the show obscene, demand its immediate closure, and arrest Berman.

Read more on the Wallace Berman exhibit in the KiptonART Online Gallery.
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Image courtesy of Nicole Klagbrun Gallery. Image: Wallace Berman, Untitled (Nebula, Buddha, and Roses), 1975, 24-image positive Verifax collage, 30.75 x 33.5 in.

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