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George Herms papers, 1890-2009 (bulk 1960-2000)

Herms, George, 1935-

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  • Title:
    George Herms papers, 1890-2009 (bulk 1960-2000)
  • Author/Creator: Herms, George, 1935-
  • Creation Date: 1890-2009 (bulk 1960-2000)
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Southern California artist, writer, and musician George Herms was one of the founders of the West Coast assemblage movement. Influenced by the art of his close friend Wallace Berman, his work brings together discards, beach trash, urban detritus and other "found objects" to create a highly original and personal mix of collage, sculpture, and assemblage.
  • Arrangement: Arranged in fifteen series: Series I. Personal correspondence, 1950-2002, undated; Series II. Professional correspondence, 1962-2005, undated; Series III. Journals and working notes, 1960-2009, undated; Series IV. Project and exhibition files, 1958-2001, undated; Series V. Research materials, 1913-2009, undated; Series VI. Tap City Circus, 1960-2002, undated; Series VII. Love Press, 1959-2002, undated; Series VIII. Teaching materials, 1976-2001, undated; Series IX. Artworks, 1960-1980, undated; Series X. Personal, 1935-2003, undated; Series XI. Clippings and bibliography, 1967-2000, undated; Series XII. Artist files, 1946-2002, undated; Series XIII. Books, 1890-1986, undated; Series XIV. Serials, 1963-2009; Series XV. Ephemera, 1957-2005, undated.
  • Physical Desc.: 221.79 linear ft. (380 boxes, 65 flat file folders).
    2 sound cassettes : analog ; 1/8 in. original.
    3 videocassettes of 3 (VHS) ; 1/2 in. original..
  • Summary: The George Herms papers document the activity of an artist whose diverse practice comprises interconnected works in the fields of assemblage, collage, drawing, painting, poetry, theater, performance art, photography, public sculpture, and publishing. Arranged in series developed in collaboration with the artist, the bulk of the collection begins in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Herms first showed at Semina Gallery and at Batman Gallery and was invited to lend his assemblage, The Poet, to the MoMA exhibition, The Art of Assemblage (1961).
    I. Personal correspondence comprises letters from Herms to family, and from long time friends among the Semina artists and poets, such as Diane Di Prima, Michael McClure, Jack Hirschman, Wallace Berman, and Jess. The work of these artists and many others are also represented in Series XII. Artist files, while announcements for their exhibitions, and Herms' numerous solo and group shows, appear in Series XV. Ephemera. Herms' working notes, sketches and astrological charts can be studied in his journals in Series III, which take the form of unbound pages. Series IV. Project and exhibition files, contain a large number of photographs, including studio and installation views, as well as Herms' photographic experiments from the Topanga years, collaborations with photographer James Fee, and photographs of the Los Angeles art scene. Artifacts from Tap City Circus and Love Press comprise Series VI and VII.
  • Language: English
  • Notes: Gift of George Herms.
  • Form/Genre: Collages (visual works)
    Screen prints
    Photographic prints
    Videocassettes
    Sound recordings
    Born digital
  • Subjects: Herms, George, 1935- McClure, Michael Berman, Wallace, 1926-1976 Fee, James Jess, 1923-2004 Di Prima, Diane Hirschman, Jack, 1933- Assemblage (Art) -- California Collage Public sculpture -- California Small presses -- California
  • Contributors: American Academy in Rome.
  • ID/Accession Number: 2826-837
    2009.M.20
    2009.M.20*
    2009.M.20**
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers. Audio and video recordings are unavailable until reformatting is complete.
  • OCLC Record Number: 668457005

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