Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle
The quintessential visual artist of the Beat era, Wallace Berman (1926-1976) remains one of the best kept secrets of the late twentieth century. A crucial figure in California's postwar underground, Berman was a catalyst who traveled through many different worlds, transferring ideas and dreams from one circle to the next. His larger community is the subject of Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle, a catalogue to the exhibition organized by the Santa Monica Muesum of Art including previously unexhibited works by 52 artists. Anchoring this publication is Semina, a loose-leaf art and poetry journal that Berman published in nine issues between 1955 and 1964. Although privately made and distributed to a mere handful of friends and sympathizers, Semina is a brilliant compendium of the most interesting artists and poets of its time. Showcasing the individuals who came to define a still potent strand of post-war beat counterculture, Semina Culture subtly outlines the energies, values, and foibles of this fascinating circle. Also reprduced here are works by various artists and writers who appear in Berman's own photographs--approximately 100 of which were recently developed from vintage negatives, and will be seen here for the first time.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Alexander American Angeles Archives artist assemblage Beattie became began begins Billy Black born bottom Bruce Conner California Cameron Charles Brittin City collage Conversation Courtesy Courtesy Wallace Berman cover David Meltzer Dean Stockwell DeFeo Diane DiPrima Doyle drawings drug early edited exhibition Ferus film friends Gallery gelatin silver print George Herms Ginsberg Hopps images inches Collection inches Courtesy included Institution issue Jack jazz Jess John Jordan Kaufman Lamantia Larkspur later letter Lights living Los Angeles married Mexico Michael McClure Mixed-media months mother moved Museum paintings period Philip Photograph by Wallace poem poet poetry Press publication published reading returned Richer Robert Duncan San Francisco Santa Monica Semina Shirley Street studio Tamblyn Theater things took Topanga Tosh University Untitled Venice Wallace Berman Wallace Berman Estate Wieners writing York