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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.

Emerging
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Another Man's Treasure: Chris Collins and George HermsLouis Stern Fine Arts
2019
Mythos, Psyche, Eros: Jess and CaliforniaSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
2007
George Herms: AssemblagesGalerie Vallois
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Michaelangelo Box, 1964

Wooden box, printed material, feather, razor blade, thread, hair, paint, rope
1 1/8 × 12 1/4 × 18 in
2.9 × 31.1 × 45.7 cm
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Permanent collection
Location
San Francisco
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Medium
Image rights
© George Herms

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.

Emerging
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Mythos, Psyche, Eros: Jess and California
Other works by George Herms
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