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George Herms papers, 1890-2009

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Herms (George) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The George Herms papers document the activity of an artist whose diverse practice comprises interconnected works in the fields of assemblage, collage, drawing, painting, poetry, theater, performance art, photography, and publishing. Arranged in series developed in collaboration with the artist, the bulk of the collection begins in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Herms first showed at Semina Gallery and at Batman Gallery and was invited to lend his assemblage, The Poet, to MoMA's exhibition, The Art of Assemblage(1961).

Series I. Personal correspondence comprises letters from Herms' various wives, his children, and from long time friends among the Semina artists and poets, such as Diane Di Prima, Michael McClure, Wallace Berman, and Jess. The work of these artists and many others are also represented in Series XII. Artist files, while announcements for their exhibitions, and Herms' numerous solo and group shows, appear in Series XV. Ephemera. Herms' working notes, sketches and astrological charts can be studied in his journals in Series III, which take the form of unbound pages. Series IV. Project and exhibition files, contains a large number of photographs, including studio and installation views, as well as Herms' photographic experiments from the Topanga years and photographs of the Los Angeles art scene. Artifacts from Tap City Circus and Love Press comprise Series VI and VII.

Arrangement

Arranged in fifteen series:
Series I. Personal correspondence, 1950-2002, undated;
Series II. Professional correspondence, 1962-2005, undated;
Series III. Journals and working notes, 1960-2009, undated;
Series IV. Project and exhibition files, 1958-2001, undated;
Series V. Research materials, 1913-2009, undated;
Series VI. Tap City Circus, 1960-2002, undated;
Series VII. Love Press, 1959-2002, undated;
Series VIII. Teaching materials, 1976-2001, undated;
Series IX. Artworks, 1960-1980, undated;
Series X. Personal, 1935-2003, undated;
Series XI. Clippings and biography files, 1967-2000, undated;
Series XII. Artist files, 1946-2002, undated;
Series XIII. Books, 1890-1986;
Series XIV. Serials, 1963-2009, undated;
Series XV. Ephemera, 1957-2005, undated.




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