Michael Kohn Gallery at Art Basel

Michael Kohn Gallery at Art Basel

Kohn Gallery

June 8, 2009

Michael Kohn Gallery

Art Basel 40
Hall 2.0
Booth W7


Michael Kohn Gallery is pleased to present never before seen works by Wallace Berman (1949-1976). Wallace Berman was born in 1926 in Staten Island, New York, and was widely considered to be the father of the assemblage movement. He began his career making sculptures from unused scraps and reject materials while working in an antique furniture factory. By the early 1950s, Berman had become an artist and active figure in the beat community in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Moving between the two cities, Berman devoted himself to his mail art publication, Semina, which contained a sampling of beat poetry and images selected by the artist. In 1963, Berman moved to Topanga Canyon in the Los Angeles area, and began work on verifax collages (printed images, often from magazines and newspapers, mounted in collage fashion onto a flat surface, sometimes with solid bright areas of acrylic paint). He continued creating these works, as well as rock assemblages, until his death in 1976.

In 2008 Wallace Berman was featured in a number of shows in Europe, including his first retrospective at the Camden Arts Centre in London as well as group shows at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. In 2009, Michael Kohn Gallery hosted a well-received two-person show that focused on the work of Wallace Berman and Richard Prince and the way in which the artists portrayed women in their art. Berman’s work is included in public collections at numerous institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

For further inquiry please contact Laura Sumser at 323.658.8088, or info [​at​] kohngallery.com.

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