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Wallace Berman

American, 1926–1976

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Wallace Berman

American, 1926–1976

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A biting and prescient critic of American visual culture, associated with the Beat Generation and known for his magnetic personality and aversion to publicity, Wallace Berman is considered to be one of the most innovative artists to have worked with photography. With his Verifax (an early copying machine) collages, record covers, Polaroid transfers, art and poetry journal, and filmmaking, Berman was among the first artists to appropriate mass, popular, and advertising imagery. His use of appropriation, and his keen critique of the Modernist ideal of originality, places him alongside the first generation of Pop artists as a major innovator. He was among the first L.A.-based artists who developed the potential of the photograph as an object that could be used as raw material for making art.

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The Jewish Museum, and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
Biography

A biting and prescient critic of American visual culture, associated with the Beat Generation and known for his magnetic personality and aversion to publicity, Wallace Berman is considered to be one of the most innovative artists to have worked with photography. With his Verifax (an early copying machine) collages, record covers, Polaroid transfers, art and poetry journal, and filmmaking, Berman was among the first artists to appropriate mass, popular, and advertising imagery. His use of appropriation, and his keen critique of the Modernist ideal of originality, places him alongside the first generation of Pop artists as a major innovator. He was among the first L.A.-based artists who developed the potential of the photograph as an object that could be used as raw material for making art.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Jewish Museum, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Shows Featuring Wallace Berman
Articles Featuring Wallace Berman
The Legendary Gallery That Put L.A. on the Art World’s Map
Mar 8th, 2017
The Legendary Gallery That Put L.A. on the Art World’s Map
Ten Amazing Photos of Artists, By Artists
Aug 12th, 2013
Ten Amazing Photos of Artists, By Artists
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