PUBLISHER
Hamilton Press

BOOK FORMAT
Slip, hbk, 2 vols. 8.5 x 11 in. / 408 pgs / 154 bw / 244 color / DVD (NTSC).

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Out of stock indefinitely

DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: FALL 2014 p. 119   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9780615953915 TRADE
List Price: $95.00 CDN $127.50 GBP £85.00

AVAILABILITY
Not available

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HAMILTON PRESS

George Herms: The River Book

Text by Dave Hickey, George Herms.

George Herms: The River BookGeorge Herms: The River Book is the first-ever comprehensive publication on acclaimed and pivotal California assemblage artist George Herms (born 1935). The handsome, two-volume slipcased book covers his earliest works from the 1960s, through his influential assemblages from the 1970s to today, as well as his work on such films as Easy Rider, his set designs for poet and playwright Michael McClure and dancer/choreographer Fred Herko, and his fascinating collaborations with, among others, Diane di Prima and Wallace Berman, for his LOVE Press series of hand-printed books. Interspersed throughout are comments by Herms on various works and on his creative ethos. Also included is a trove of never-before-seen archival photographs of Herms' friends, such as Wallace and Tosh Berman, Fred Herko, Diane di Prima, Kirby Doyle and Ray Johnson, as well as of Herms himself. A bonus DVD showcases the entirety of Herms' opera The Artist's Life. Renowned art critic Dave Hickey provides an insightful look at the artist and his milieu, and the artist himself offers witty and informative text throughout. This is truly an essential book for anyone interested in California art, the Beats, avant-garde theater and film, and fine-art printing.

"God Said We Can Louise" (1960) is reproduced from George Herms: The River Book.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Bookforum

Albert Mobilio

Found art and assemblage can sometimes appear to be work easily (or in Homer's case, accidentally) accomplished, in part because the materials are so familiar and the presiding aesthetic prizes spontaneity. These two volumes, offering a generous sampling from the West Coast painter, collagist, poet, and sculpture George Herms's decades-long career, amply disprove such a notion.

Art Ltd.

George Melrod

The trove of photos…offer a window into the lifestyle that engendered his creative muse… Herms’ works are a revelation.

George Herms: The River Book

STATUS: Out of stock indefinitely.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/12/2014

George Herms: The River Book

George Herms: The River Book

"Beauty" (1978) is reproduced from George Herms: The River Book, Hamilton Press' essential new monograph on the pivotal California assemblage artist known equally for his work on films such as Easy Rider, his collaborations with Wallace Berman and Diane di Prima, his hand-printed books and avant-garde theater works. Unbelievably, this exquisitely produced, slip-cased, two-volume set is the first comprehensive publication ever devoted to Herms' work, and it is truly a treasure trove, featuring not just reproductions of Herms' artworks in all media, but a wealth of archival photographs and a DVD containing Herms' free-jazz opera, The Artist Life and a slide show of several hundred collage works.
On Tuesday, September 16, New York poet and critic John Yau will appear in conversation with Herms at The Strand, to be followed by a book signing. continue to blog


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