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Wallace Berman

 (1926 - 1976)
Wallace Berman was active/lived in California.  Wallace Berman is known for collage-surreal-pop images.

Biography   Wallace Berman


Recognized for making collages known as "Verifax" by using obsolete photocopying machines, Wallace Berman utilized symbols from various media sources. He was born in 1926 in Staten Island, New York.  In the 1930s, his family moved to the Jewish district in Los Angeles.  After being expelled from high school for gambling in the early 1940s, Berman immersed himself in the growing West Coast jazz scene.

During this period, he briefly attended the Jepson Art School and Chouinard Art School, but departed when he found the training too academic for his needs.  In 1949, while working in a factory finishing antique furniture, he began making sculptures from unused scraps and reject materials.  By the early 1950s, Berman   ...  Displaying 750 of 1552 characters.

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