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SEMINA CULTURE: WALLACE BERMAN & HIS CIRCLE. Reprint. Michael Duncan and Kristine McKenna. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2015. Original edition published 2005 {Worldwide 30392}. Published by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, New York. 384 pp. with 495 ills. (251 col.). 29 x 24 cm. ISBN 9781938922725 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: This reprint of the now classic and much sought-after 2005 volume celebrates the circle of the quintessential visual artist of the Beat era, Wallace Berman (1926-76), who remains one of the best-kept secrets of the postwar era. A crucial figure in California's underground culture, Berman was a catalyst who traversed many different worlds, transferring ideas and dreams from one circle to the next. His larger community is the subject of Semina Culture, which includes previously unseen works by 52 artists. Anchoring this publication is Semina, a loose-leaf art and poetry journal that Berman published in nine issues between 1955 and 1964. Although printed in extremely short runs and distributed to only a handful of friends and sympathizers, Semina is a brilliant and beautifully made compendium of the most interesting artists and poets of its time, and is today a very rare collector's item. Showcasing the individuals that defined a still-potent strand of postwar counterculture, Semina Culture outlines the energies and values of this fascinating circle. Also reproduced here are works by those who appear in Berman's own photographs, approximately 100 of which were recently developed from vintage negatives, and which are seen here for the first time.
Artist(s):Berman, Wallace (circle)
Indexing: Unspecified
Worldwide Number: 164846
Hardcover $50.00 nota bene: See Comment Above.

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