San Francisco: 1963. 4 7/8 x 7 1/2" [folded size], folded twice to make a six panel mailer. Letterpress printed in several colors, with rubberstamping and hand-painted margins.
A mailer advertising a benefit exhibition and happening for Arthur Richer "at the Abandoned CHURCH" in San Francisco, with the address given as 3450 20th St. at Capp. Arthur Richer was a friend of Wallace Berman's, and a vital part of the early LA art scene, his legacy unfortunately cut short by his early death at the age of 37 from a drug overdose.
The distinctive quality of the letterpress and spacing of the typesetting, very similar to the typesetting for Semina, as well as the close association between Berman and Richer, leads us to wonder whether this mailer to have been printed and possibly designed by Berman, a suspicion furthered by the appearance of the phrase "plus seed bursts by other secret members of the artistic scene." Seed in Latin is "Semina."
The mailer lists those "Contributing Works" to the exhibition, including Ray Johnson, Manuel Neri, Joan Brown, Arlo Acton, Herb Wasserman, Sara Perkoff, Larry Jordan, Edmund Teske, Warner Jepson, Fumi Spencer, Elias Romero, George Herms, Michael Cookinham, Wallace Berman, R. G. Davis, William Spencer, Lynn Lander, Ben Talbert, I. E. Alexander, Bill Ham, David Meltzer, Diane Varsi, Manny Lipshitz, Jack Carrigg, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Beattie, Kent Holloway, Wally Hedrick, Natlie Acton, Jay De Feo, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Altoon, Bill Brown, Philip Whalen, Moonston, Gordon Cook, Michael Bowen, Justin Pope, Lilly BElle, Peter Le Blanc, Robert LaVigne, R. R. Branaman (aka Robert Branaman), Michael McClure, and M.C. Item #25880