Wallace Berman

Known as the “father” of assemblage art, Wallace Berman was an American visual and assemblage artist born in 1926. He became involved in the West Coast Jazz scene and the Beat Movement and his work in a furniture factory led to his creation of sculptures. He created “Verifax Collages” and created a mail art publication, Semina. Berman's work has been shown in the Ludwig Museum, Centre Pompidou, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He died suddenly in 1976.


Excerpted from Semina, published from 1958-1964.

Wallace Berman is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Bryan Leitgeb

Semina No 4 Cover with Wife (photograph of Shirley Berman) (1959)
Semina No 7
Semina No 3
Semina No 6
Untitled (Verifax Collage) (1969)