Wallace Berman Singles 1964-76

Summer 2019


“In 1964, during the period when he began experimenting with an early form of photocopier technology, the Verifax machine, Berman came across an advertisement for a Sony transistor radio; the ad became a powerful organizing device for his collage compositions. Like Rauchenberg’s Combines and the emerging Pop art of the early 1960s, Berman’s work used images that were both iconic and mysterious, recognizable and cryptic. Row after row depicts the handheld device tuned in to different frequencies or channels of human experience – an open window with curtains flapping in the breeze, a seated woman’s bare legs, a starlet focusing a camera, a hand gesture.”

-Ken D. Allan