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GEORGE HERMS b.1935



Biography: George Herms is a leading figure of the Los Angeles Assemblage Movement and the youngest of the "Beat" generation of artists who were part of the Ferus "gang" in the late 1950s, including John Altoon, Billy Al Bengston, Wallace Berman, Craig Kaufman, Ed Kienholz and Ken Price. George Herms' life has been one of constant exploration. His work is created with `LOVE' - love for the discards of society, things that people carelessly "trash". George assembles beauty and form from this detritus. He embarked upon a career as an artist after seeing Wallace Berman's work at the legendary Ferus Gallery. George assisted in the hanging of Berman's famous Semina show (in which Berman was arrested for displaying "lewd" works), and was moved by the way Berman was able to turn an art gallery into a temple. Berman became a mentor to Herms; George's first exhibition in 1957 was a "secret exhibition" attended only by Berman and Walter Hopps (co-founder, with Ed Kienholz, of the Ferus Gallery. A combination of playful good humor, insightful wit and all-encompassing warmth infuses Herms' work. He aptly signs all his work with a `LOVE' stamp and there is a great love that shines through - love for the people, the places, the things that have touched his life. For George, art-making is his way to show his love to the world.

Chronology: [Click For Chrono PDF]



Exhibitions at Tobey C. Moss Gallery:



  2005 From GEORGE HERMS with LOVE

  2004 George Herms, William Dole, Basil Langton: Collage


Prints

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Dial-A-Vision

Dial-A-Vision

Color lithograph on Arches1973
Egypt

Egypt

Color lithograph on Arches1973
Thine Eyes

Thine Eyes

Color lithograph on Arches1974
Untitled #1

Untitled #1

Color lithograph1992

Assemblage

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92 Ore

92 Ore

Torched wood, bumper sticker, metal, pigment1992
Clue To (Dodo Marmarosa Series)

Clue To (Dodo Marmarosa Series)

Metal, wood, plastic, fabric, newsprint, photo, coffee filters2003
Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions

Fabric, metal, plastic, caulking, photo, board1999
JAKE: For Boehme and Einstein

JAKE: For Boehme and Einstein

Leather, rubber, wood, pigment, papers1968
Klutz, Putz and Schmutz

Klutz, Putz and Schmutz

Wood, coffee filters, rusted metal, tyography2005
Light Rose B (GRI Series)

Light Rose B (GRI Series)

Assemblage: plastic, metal, mylar, newsprint2005
Light Rose F (GRI Series)

Light Rose F (GRI Series)

Assemblage: plastic, metal, mylar, newsprint2005
Security is in the Offering

Security is in the Offering

Wood, fabric, leather, papers on masonite1998
Walter Bentley

Walter Bentley

Metal, wood, cloth, gut1973

Collage

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Academic Collage : '1299'

Academic Collage : '1299'

Collage1982
Academic Collage : antifasciste

Academic Collage : antifasciste

Papers1982
Academic Collage : Armorial

Academic Collage : Armorial

Poster fragments1982
Academic Collage : Arrow

Academic Collage : Arrow

Poster fragments1982
Academic Collage : Black and White

Academic Collage : Black and White

Collage1982
Academic Collage : Calligrafia

Academic Collage : Calligrafia

Collage1983
Academic Collage : Cerveteri Bianco

Academic Collage : Cerveteri Bianco

Collage1982
Academic Collage : Fragment

Academic Collage : Fragment

Collage1983
Academic Collage : It's a Date!

Academic Collage : It's a Date!

Papers, poster fragments1982
Academic Collage : Layered Letters

Academic Collage : Layered Letters

Papers, poster fragments1982
Academic Collage : Open  C

Academic Collage : Open C

Collage1982
Academic Collage : Profile

Academic Collage : Profile

Collage1982
Academic Collage : Rescued

Academic Collage : Rescued

Collage1983
Academic Collage : Soccer Child

Academic Collage : Soccer Child

Poster fragment1982
Academic Collage : Sofa

Academic Collage : Sofa

Collage1982
Academic Collage : Verso Layers

Academic Collage : Verso Layers

Poster fragments1982
Brown Signs (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Brown Signs (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Coffee filters, newsprint, stamps2001-2
Call Lured (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Call Lured (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Coffee filters, papers, newsprint2001-2
Crumbling (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Crumbling (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Coffee filters, newsprint, stamps2001-2
Eviction Over (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Eviction Over (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Coffee filter2001-2
Extra or Overtime (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Extra or Overtime (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Collage: papers2001-2
Hike (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Hike (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Coffee filters, newsprint2001-2
New Crackdown (Watercolor/Collage Series)

New Crackdown (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Coffee filter, newsprint, papers2001-2
Party Jolted (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Party Jolted (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Coffee filters, papers, newsprint2001-2
Radicati

Radicati

Collage1983
Reassures (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Reassures (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Coffee filters, newsprint, stamps2001-2
Search (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Search (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Papers, newsprint, stamps2001-2
Train in U.S. (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Train in U.S. (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Coffee filters, papers, newsprint, stamps2001-2
Upheld (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Upheld (Watercolor/Collage Series)

Coffee filters, newsprint, stamps2001-2