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Each lithograph measures 11.9 x 13 inches (30.3 x 32.9 cm). Slipcase measures 12.9 x 13.4 inches (33 x 34 cm).

Screenprinted, fabric-covered slipcase containing thirteen 2-color lithographs from Berman's original Positive Verifax collages and a signed title page/colophon. Printed on Starwhite cover and mounted on Gemini rag board (with 2 circular Gemini G.E.L. blind-stamps l.l, embossed through both paper and card).

Created with a Verifax, an early model of a photocopy machine, these playful, collage-like images exemplify the influence of Dada, Surrealism, and Pop Art on the work of Wallace Berman.

Wallace Berman (1926-1976), a key figure in the postwar California art scene, is best known for his work in assemblage art. In the 1940s, he studied at both the Jepson Art Institute and the Chouinard Art Institute. Moving to San Francisco in the 1950s, Berman became involved in the Beat Movement, and started a magazine called “Semina” in 1957, which contained drawings, assemblages, photographs, and poetry. Contributors to the magazine included William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert Duncan, among others. Berman was also involved in the jazz scene, and created album covers for Charlie Parker. In 1963, he began creating his well-known Verifax Collages, which are comprised of photocopies from magazines and newspapers and acrylic paint. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland.

Selected Public Collections:
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY

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Provenance:
  • James S. Jaffe Rare Books LLC, ABAA, New York.
  • Ships From: France
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11.9 x 13 in. (30.23 x 33.02 cm.)
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