Visual Music - Wallace Berman
Galerie Frank Elbaz, 2018
Text by Sophie Dannenmüller (english)
21.8 x 23.4 cm, 31 pages
Exhibition catalogue for Wallace Berman's 2018 'Visual Music' show at Galerie Frank Elbaz in Paris. Music was inseparable from Berman's life and work. The artist always kept strong ties to the music world and kept track of the latest developments with an insatiable curiosity, exploring the avant-garde beyond California and taking notice of innovative and sometimes confidential productions. After returning to Los Angeles, Berman began his series of Verifax Collages, named after the brand of copier he adopted as a main tool for his art-making in the mid-1960s. He always composed these collages while listening to music. As a result, sound infuses the artist’s artwork. Explicit or implicit, musical references abound in the Verifax Collages. The Verifax Collages grids propose a dense sequential visual reading of American society, alluding to politics, current events, history, and culture, set against an undisclosed musical background.