Los Angeles: Mermaid Tavern, 1973. 8 3/4 x 10", offset lithograph. Photographically illustrated with a self-portrait of Berman.
The poster for Wallace Berman's one day exhibition at the Mermaid Tavern, perhaps the rarest printed item designed by Berman, for one of his most enigmatic shows. The poster is illustrated with a self-portrait of Berman painting Hebraic letters on a white wall, the typograph reversed in negative where a large splash of black paint has been thrown on the wall. The self-portrait used on the poster is illustrated as the frontispiece in Semina Culture, but there dated 1975, though this poster makes it clear that the photograph was taken earlier than that date.
Support the Revolution, p. 177. Not in Semina Circle.
Though not marked as such, this example of the poster is from the archive of Ben Talbert, a fellow artist and close friend of Berman's, who also had an exhibition at the Mermaid in the same year. It would be the last in his lifetime, as he would die of a drug overdose the following year.
Machine folded once, likely for mailing. Small pinholes to tips, and a 1 1/2" dampstain to lower margin, else very good. Item #26463