Wallace Berman (American, 1926-1976)
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Berman is widely considered to be the father of the assemblage movement, which emerged in California during the late 1950s. Closely tied to the Beat culture, assemblage artists used found and discarded objects to create works of art. Berman is best known for his verifax collages, in which he used a predecessor of the copy machine to reproduce images from newspapers and magazines before placing them onto board. This sepia-toned collage is a carefully articulated grid that shows the image of a handheld transistor radio repeated in cinematic fashion. In the center of each of the radios are ghostly images and symbols including animals, Hebrew letters, and identifiable personalities from popular culture.


  • Artist Name: Wallace Berman (American, 1926-1976)
  • Title: Untitled
  • Date: 1967
  • Medium: Verifax collage
  • Dimensions: 48 x 45-1/2 in. (121.9 x 115.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Terbell, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Allen O. Smith, David H. Steinmetz III, Margaret T. Cunningham, and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Ferrier
  • Accession Number: P.1967.11
  • Copyright: © 2008 Estate of Wallace Berman

Object Information

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Terbell, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Allen O. Smith, David H. Steinmetz III, Margaret T. Cunningham, and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Ferrier, gift 1967 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1967-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, 1975.

A Salute to the Ferus Gallery

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-09-23 to 1994-03-20
  • Gloria WIlliams Sander, Thoughts on the Critical Fortune of Photogrpahy into Sculpture,2015, Figure 8 pp. 46-49
  • Armory Center for the Arts/Art Center College of Design, Radical Past: Contemporary Art & Music in Pasadena, 1960-1974, p. 43
  • Coagula: The Lowdown on High Art, p. 13
  • Pasadena Weekly, p. 25
  • Pasadena Weekly,
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