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Untitled, 1967

Wallace Berman

American, 1926-1976
Verifax collage
48 x 45-1/2 in. (121.9 x 115.6 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Terbell, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Allen O. Smith, David H. Steinmetz III, Margaret T. Cunningham, and Mr. & Mrs. John S. Ferrier
© 2008 Estate of Wallace Berman

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Berman is widely considered to be the father of the assemblage movement, which emerged in California during the late 1950s. Closely tied to the Beat culture, assemblage artists used found and discarded objects to create works of art. Berman is best known for his verifax collages, in which he used a predecessor of the copy machine to reproduce images from newspapers and magazines before placing them onto board. This sepia-toned collage is a carefully articulated grid that shows the image of a handheld transistor radio repeated in cinematic fashion. In the center of each of the radios are ghostly images and symbols including animals, Hebrew letters, and identifiable personalities from popular culture.

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