George Herms

American, b. 1935

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George Herms

American, b. 1935

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A pioneer of assemblage sculpture who came of age as an artist at the heart of the Beat Generation, George Herms transforms discarded, mundane objects into poetic sculptures that exemplify the Beat aesthetic of open, free-form association. Herms likens his works to jazz, claiming: “The feeling I get when leaving a jazz club is how I want people to feel when they leave an exhibition of mine.” Like a jazz riff, Allen Ginsberg’s poetry, or Jack Kerouac’s stream-of-consciousness novel On the Road, Herms’s sculptures are both loose and exquisitely structured. In Faucet (1995), for example, he builds a small tower out of various scraps of wood and metal, topped with an old, rusted faucet, creating an effectively coherent whole out of discordant parts.

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MOCA Los Angeles
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Biography

A pioneer of assemblage sculpture who came of age as an artist at the heart of the Beat Generation, George Herms transforms discarded, mundane objects into poetic sculptures that exemplify the Beat aesthetic of open, free-form association. Herms likens his works to jazz, claiming: “The feeling I get when leaving a jazz club is how I want people to feel when they leave an exhibition of mine.” Like a jazz riff, Allen Ginsberg’s poetry, or Jack Kerouac’s stream-of-consciousness novel On the Road, Herms’s sculptures are both loose and exquisitely structured. In Faucet (1995), for example, he builds a small tower out of various scraps of wood and metal, topped with an old, rusted faucet, creating an effectively coherent whole out of discordant parts.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MOCA Los Angeles
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial