Wallace Berman’s first comprehensive Los Angeles retrospective on view at Kohn Gallery
Kohn Gallery is presenting Wallace Berman—American Aleph, the artist’s first comprehensive Los Angeles retrospective in almost four decades. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Berman’s accidental death at age 50, the exhibition surveys the entire oeuvre of this seminal American artist from the late 1940s until 1976. Berman has been long heralded as one of the most significant and influential artists to emerge in Southern California. Spiritually inclined, yet steeped in popular culture and the political events of the day, he conducted reconnaissance far beyond the borders of Southern California, mining the American psyche and broadcasting his ideas through mysterious letters, publications, and multi-layered art works. Curated by Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon, the exhibition seeks to recast Berman as an American rather than a strictly a West Coast artist.