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D.A.P./SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART

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Hardcover, 9 x 11 in. / 384 pgs / 242 color / 250 bw.

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CATALOG: SPRING 2015 p. 96   

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Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle

Edited with text by Michael Duncan, Kristine McKenna. Text by Stephen Fredman.

Featured image, Wallace Berman's "Untitled" verifax collage, 1961–62, is reproduced from <I>Semina Culture</I>.This reprint of the now classic and much sought-after 2005 volume celebrates the circle of the quintessential visual artist of the Beat era, Wallace Berman (1926–76), who remains one of the best-kept secrets of the postwar era. A crucial figure in California's underground culture, Berman was a catalyst who traversed many different worlds, transferring ideas and dreams from one circle to the next. His larger community is the subject of Semina Culture, which includes previously unseen 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 printed in extremely short runs and distributed to only a handful of friends and sympathizers, Semina is a brilliant and beautifully made compendium of the most interesting artists and poets of its time, and is today a very rare collector's item. Showcasing the individuals that defined a still-potent strand of postwar counterculture, Semina Culture outlines the energies and values of this fascinating circle. Also reproduced here are works by those who appear in Berman's own photographs, approximately 100 of which were recently developed from vintage negatives, and which are seen here for the first time. These artists, actors, poets, curators, musicians and filmmakers include Robert Alexander, John Altoon, Toni Basil, Wallace Berman, Ray Bremser, Bonnie Bremser, Charles Britten, Joan Brown, Cameron, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Jay DeFeo, Diane DiPrima, Kirby Doyle, Bobby Driscoll, Robert Duncan, Joe Dunn, Llyn Foulkes, Ralph Gibson, Allen Ginsberg, George Herms, Jack Hirschman, Walter Hopps, Dennis Hopper, Billy Jahrmarkt, Jess, Lawrence Jordan, Patricia Jordan, Bob Kaufman, Philip Lamantia, William Margolis, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Taylor Mead, Henry Miller, Stuart Perkoff, Jack Smith, Dean Stockwell, Ben Talbert, Russ Tamblyn, Aya (Tarlow), Alexander Trocchi, Edmund Teske, Zack Walsh, Lew Welch and John Wieners.

Featured image, Wallace Berman's "Untitled" verifax collage, 1961–62, is reproduced from Semina Culture.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/30/2015

Visit ARTBOOK at the LAABF 2015!

Visit ARTBOOK at the LAABF 2015!Join us January 29 - February 1 in BOOTH E08 at Printed Matter's LA ART BOOK FAIR 2015! Scroll down to read about our Semina Culture section in collaboration with Tosh Berman, our STEIDL store within a store, Los Angeles Project Series books by UCCA/Koenig Books, limited editions and signings!
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'Semina Culture' at the LAABF

'Semina Culture' at the LAABF"Wallace was always a mystery to me, and he was very glamorous," Dennis Hopper is quoted in Semina Culture, the quintessential book on Wallace Berman and his circle, which sold out immediately upon first publication in 2005. "He was 
a quiet, gentle, humble person, and he had this strange aura about him that was removed, yet not hostile—he was a guy you couldn’t really reach. I don’t know anybody who didn’t respect him, and we all deferred to him because he had a very spiritual quality. He was the guy. Wallace was the guru." Advance copies of the long-awaited reprint will be available at our booth at the LAABF this Thursday through Sunday, alongside signed and numbered Berman limited edition posters and books by related artists—including Tosh Berman, pictured above with his mother, Shirley. The photograph, taken by Wallace Berman in Beverly Glen, 1956, is reproduced from Semina Culture. continue to blog




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