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 Ben Herr  (1935 - )

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: abstract painting, collage, mixed-media sculpture

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Biography from McCormick Gallery:
Ben Herr was born in 1935 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In the 1950’s he attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art on a full scholarship.  There he met artists Franz Kline, Larry Day, Morris Blackburn and Melville Price.  Under Price’s tutelage he was introduced to the work of Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Adolph Gottlieb.

From 1953-1957 Herr was very active in the Philadelphia arts scene exhibiting at the Philadelphia Print Club, Cheltenham Art Gallery, Fleischer Art Memorial, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum school’s annual art exhibitions.

Eventually Herr found the pace of city life hectic and moved back to Lancaster where he lives and works today.  Much of his work references the rural topography he is surrounded by in Pennsylvania.

Herr’s work is characterized by an extreme use of overall space on a canvas along with several layers of collage.   Herr also created sculptures and his collages border on the sculptural incorporating cloth, thumbtacks and burlap.  Most recently Herr was given a retrospective at the Susquehanna Art Museum in 2010.

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