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Wallace Berman

L.A. Louver

Many artists and critics continue to identify Wallace Berman as the leading luminary of the assemblage movement that swept California four decades back. Though it’s difficult to distinguish myth from fact in this respect—Bruce Conner, Edward Kienholz, Jess, and George Herms have all at one time or another disputed this characterization of Berman—his impact on the era remains clear. During his time spent living in LA, his home in Topanga Canyon became a haven for artists, musicians, and poets alike, providing them with a sense of community as well as a place to exchange ideas and information about common cultural concerns.

This exhibition of Berman’s “Radio Aether” series, which he worked on up to a year before his death in 1976, consists of the Verifax collages Berman began producing in 1964. An early form of photocopier, the Verifax machine had been developed by Kodak in the ’40s and was

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