GEORGE HERMS (b. 1935) BIOGRAPHY



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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

1957                     Secret Exhibition, Hermosa Beach, CA

1959                     Jubilee, Toulumne, CA

1960                     Semina Gallery, Larkspur, CA

1961                     Batman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1962       Aura Gallery, Pasadena, CA

1963                     Nativity ‘63, Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1965                     Spring Visions, Stryke Gallery, New York, NY

1966       Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1969                     Faithquake, Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

               Foggy Wagons, Laguna Beach, CA

1970                     Holiday Exhibition, Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1972                     George Herms Selected Works 1960-1972, California State University, Los Angeles

1973                     George Herms Selected Works 1960-1973, Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California, Davis

               Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1975                     California State University, San Jose, CA

               Pseudonymphia, TJB Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

               Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1976       Sets and Related Works, Pasadena Artists Co-op, Pasadena, CA

               L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

               Session, 80 Langton Street, San Francisco, CA

1977                     Unbeknownst, Manitoba Museum of Finds Art, San Francisco, CA

1978       Arco Center for the Visual Arts, Los Angeles, CA

1979       The Prometheus Archives: A Retrospective Exhibition of the Works of George Herms, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

1980                     Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

               Stage One Gallery, Orange, CA

1981                     Score, University of Denver Art Gallery, Denver, CO

               Time Reliefs and Ringers, Schaffner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

1982       Eight Etudes, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

               Pre-Rome Sacraments and/or Rawtracks, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1984                     George Herms: Rome Poem, Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, CA

1985                     Jacaranda Project, Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Municipal Park, Los Angeles, CA

1986                     Recent Sculpture, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

               Oscarsson/Siegeltuch Gallery, New York, NY

1988                     Salute to Paul Beattie, California Museum of Fine Art, Santa Rosa, CA

               Rome Poem Revisited, Tyler Gallery, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

1989       L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1990                     George Herms, Cypress College, Cypress, CA

1991                     George Herms, d.p. Fong Gallery, San Jose, CA

1991-92  Alley Art and Urban Archaeology, Pasadena, CA

1992                     Secret Archives: A Retrospective, LA Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1993       The Twentieth Century, a theater piece by George Herms, Diverse Works, Houston, TX

1994                     Project X, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

George Herms: Taking Another Look–The Art of Assemblage: Part I, Fred Spratt Gallery, San Jose, CA

               Worlds in a Box, Saintsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, University of East Anglia, UK

1995                     George Herms: From Then and there to Here and Now, With a Little Help From His Friends, Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner and Dennis Hopper, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY

               Beat Epiphanies and Home Runs, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

               SAM RAM, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

1996                     George Herms: Works Saluting San Francisco 1962-1996, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

               The Beat Bar, Track 16 and Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

               Crossings, Fred Spratt Gallery, San Jose, CA

1998                     Parade of Sculpture, First Street Bridge Project, Los Angeles, CA, with laser installation by Hiro Yamagata

               Office of the Future, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1999       Poet Heroes of My Youth, Fred Spratt Gallery in association with Evans/Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2001       Bed of Roses..., Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002       Then and Now: Fifty Years of Assemblage, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Teagrams and Roses, Mesa Nights: A Romance of the Old Southwest, Redbud Gallery, Houston, TX

2005                     George Herms: Hot Set (Walter Hopps, curator), Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

               George Herms: From George Herms with LOVE    Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

1960                  Gangbang, Batman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1961          The Art of Assemblage, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

                  Object Makers, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

1962                  California Collage Show, Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA

Fifty California Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

1964                  Arthur Richer Benefit, San Francisco, CA

                  Sterling Holloway Collection, University of California, Los Angeles

1967                  Selection 1967: Recent Acquisitions in Modern Art, Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley

1968                  Assemblage in California, University of California, Irvine

1969                  Recent Acquisitions 1969, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA

                  The Diana Zlotnick Collection: A Collector/Point of View, California State University, Los Angeles

1970          The 60s, Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Assemblage of Assemblage, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

1971                  Tableaux d’Aujourd’hui, Maitre Binoche, Paris, France

1972                  Westcoast 1972, Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

                  Cup Show, David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Surrealism is Alive and Well in the West, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

1973                  Kurt Schwitters and Related Developments, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA

                  The Betty and Monte Factor Family Collection, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA

1974                  Word Works, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

Poets of the Cities New York and San Francisco, 1950-1965, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

                  University of Las Vegas, NV

                  Giancarlo Bocchi Gallery, Milan, Italy

                  Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                  Otis Library, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

                  Mixed Media, Art Sales and Rental Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

1975                  Other Voices, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

                  Assemblage, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

                  Crucifixes, Betty Gold Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

                  3 Los Angeles Sculptors, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

                  Environment and the New Art, University of California, Davis

1976                  Realism–Points of View, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

                  Great Egg Sale, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

                  What’s Happening in L.A. Art?, Comsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                  Collection without Walls, California State University, Fullerton

                  December Drawing, Floating Wall Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

1976-77                  Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution,

                                    Washington, DC

1977          The Artist’s Book, Mandeville Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego

Photographs by Southern California Painters and Sculptors,

                                    University of California, Santa Barbara

                  Hieronymous Zones, Pierce College Art Gallery, Los Angles, CA

1978                  Artistry in Dining: The Perfect Meal, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

                  A Painting Show, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

                  The Subject is the Object, Jan Baum-Iris Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                  The Center, Anhalt-Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                  Californians for Brown ‘78, Santa Monica, CA

                  3 Generations–Studies in Collage, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                  Sculpture ‘78, Downtown Mall, Los Angeles, CA

                  Southern Exposure, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                  Realism–Points of View, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

                  From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

                  Gray Matter Mail Art Show, California State University, San Diego

100 + Current Directions in Southern California Art, Los Angeles Institute of

                                     Contemporary Art, CA

                  Metamagic, California State University, Dominguez Hills

                  L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

Deja Vu: Masterpieces Updated, Downey Museum of Art and Citrus Community College, Downey, CA

1979          10 Sculptors Outdoors–15 Works, California State College, San Bernardino

1980                  Furnishings by Artists, Art Gallery, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design,

                                    Los Angeles, CA

                  Benefit for ERA, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA

                  Sculpture in California 1975-80, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

                  Major Works, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

                  Recent Acquisitions, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

1981                  California: The State of Landscape 1972-1981, Newport Harbor Art Museum,

                                    Newport Beach, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

                  California: A Sense of Individualism, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

                  Humor in Art, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

                  Hunger Benefit, Los Angeles, CA

                  Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

Collage and Assemblage, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; Tampa Museum, Tampa, FL; Alexandria Museum, Visual Art Center, Alexandria, VA; Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, Roanoke, VA; Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN

                  Southern California Artists 1940-1980, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA

                  Art of Assemblage, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

1982                  Contemporary Triptychs, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA

                  The West as Art, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA

1983                  Contemporary Collage: Extensions, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA

                  Collage: The Americans, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

                  Annual Exhibition, American Academy in Rome, Italy; Naples, Italy

                  Opening Exhibition, Functional Art, Beverly Hills, CA

                  The Edge Gallery, Fullerton, CA

                  Sight/Vision/The Urban Milieu, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

                  Boxed Art, Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA

                  American/European Painting and Sculpture, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1984          To the Astonishing Horizon, Los Angeles Visual Arts, Los Angeles, CA

                  American/European: Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

                  San Francisco and Los Angeles Artists, Gille Mansillon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                  Narrative Sculpture, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA

1985                  San Francisco 1945-1965, Oakland Museum of California Art, Oakland, CA

                  American/European: Painting and Sculpture, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

                  Group Show, Gille Mansillon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                  MacArthur Park Public Art, Los Angeles, CA

                  Gala, Gala, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

                  Anniversary Exhibition, Edge Gallery, Fullerton, CA

1986          The Continuing Magic of California Assemblage, California State University,

                                    Dominguez Hills, CA

                  Shrines and Altars, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

                  Sculpture and Sculptor’s Drawings, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1987                  Assemblage, Kent Fine Art, Inc., New York, NY

                  Recent Acquisitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1988                  Assemblage: Poetry and Narration, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA

Lost and Found in California: Four Decades of Assemblage Art, James Corcoran Gallery,

                                    Santa Monica, CA

Loans from the Norton Simon Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

                  Artists Against AIDS, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

1988-89                  Poetic Objects, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX (traveling)

1989                  Forty Years of California Assemblage, Wight Art Gallery/UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

The ‘Junk’ Aesthetic: Assemblage of the 1950s and Early 1960s, Whitney Museum

                                     of American Art, Fairfield County Branch, Stanford, CT

                  Artists Against AIDS, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

                  Inside the L.A. Artists, Boritzer Gray Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Rezoning (Bill Bissett, George Herms, Jess and Al Neil), Vancouver Art Gallery,

                                    Vancouver, BC, Canada

1990                  Artist’s Artists, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Crossing the Line: Word and Image in Art, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Pomona, CA

                  Novel Ideas, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

                  Spirit of Our Time, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

                  The Denim Jacket Show, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

                  Artists Unite for Big Green, Santa Monica, CA

1991                  California Artist’s Books, The Armory Center, Pasadena, CA

Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Jay deFeo, George Herms and Jess,

                                    Nicole Klagsburn Gallery, New York, NY

                  Art for Milk, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1992                  Sight Vision: The Urban Milieu #3 (Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Jay deFeo, Wally Hendrick, George Herms and Jess), Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

Poem Makers: Wallace Berman, George Herms and Jess, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

                  Telephone, Security Pacific Bank, Costa Mesa, CA

                  Museum of Contemporary Art Benefit Auction, Los Angeles, CA

1993          The Elegant, Irreverent and Obsessive: Drawing in Southern California,

                                    California State University, Fullerton, CA

1994                  Eyeful, George Herms and Pixie Guerin, Herms/Pix Studios, Los Angeles, CA

                  World in a Box, South Bank Center, London, England (traveling)

Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of the Arts, OH

1995                  Spring Treat, Spring Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1995-6                  Beat Culture and the New America, 1950-1965, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA

1997                  Sunshine and Noir: Art in Los Angeles, 1960-1997, Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Further Explanations: Selections From a Collaboration, George Herms and James Fee,

                                    Cypress College, CA

                  Robert Branaman/George Herms, The Drawing Room Studios, Santa Monica, CA

                  The Age of Recycling, Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA

                  Hello Again!, Oakland Art Museum, CA; Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Interconnections (Richard Akrom, Karen Finley, Mat Gleason and Pixie Guerin), SITE,

                                     The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

1998                  Coming Attractions: James Fee and George Herms, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                  1964, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1999                  Corroborations, A two person exhibit with James Fee, SF Cameraworks, San Francisco, CA

                  San Francisco International Art Exposition, with Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000                  Made in California: Art, Image and Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

7th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI

2001                  Rupture & Revision: Collage in America, Pavel Zoubok, Inc., New York, NY

2003                  Cut, Copy, Paste: The Art of Contemporary Collage, De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

2004                  George Herms, William Dole, Basil Langton: Collage, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004-05                  Lost but Found: Assemblage, Collage and Sculpture, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA



HONORS and AWARDS:

 1962                  Servant of Holy Beauty Award

1968                  National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Fellowship

1977                  National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Fellowship

1982          Prix de Rome, Fellowship in Sculpture, American Academy in Rome, Italy

1983-84                  John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Sculpture

1984                  National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Fellowship

1987                  Working Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation

1989                  Finalist in “Pico Seagate” competition

1998                  Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award

2005                  Fellowship, Getty Research Institute



PUBLIC ART:

1987                  Clock Tower Monument to Unknown, MacArthur Park Public Art Program, Los Angeles, CA

1988                  Moon Dial, Beverly Hills, CA

1989                  Portals to Poetry, Citicorp Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

 

THEATER:

1964                  Sets for Blossom or Billy the Kid, a play by Michael McClure, Poets Theater, New York, NY

1967                  Environment for the lobby of The Beard, a play by Michael McClure, Warners Theater, New York, NY

1970                  Egg of Nite, a theater piece by George Herms, Topanga, CA

1971                  Sets for Showdown at Fork Tongue Canyon, Topanga, CA

1992                  Secret Archives, a theater piece by George Herms, Municipal Art Gallery Theater,

                                    Los Angeles, CA

1994                  Panel of Experts, a theater piece by George Herms, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

1995                  Asphalt Fountain Pen, a theater piece by George Herms, M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum,

                                    San Francisco, CA

2000                  Concoction Box, a theater piece by George Herms, Museum of Contemporary Art,

                                    Los Angeles, CA

A Rose for the Church of Art, a theater piece by George Herms, Church of Art,

                                    The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA



SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

Iris and Gerald B. Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Menil Collection, Houston, TX

M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NB

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN



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