San Francisco: Batman Gallery, 1961. 15 x 20", lithograph in two colors on beige paper.
The striking poster designed by Wallace Berman, for an exhibition by George Berms at Batman Gallery in San Francisco. This was the first poster to be designed by Berman, and features a photograph by him of Herms standing beside one of his early assemblages. The exhibition was held in the same year that Herms returned to San Francisco, and that the Bermans returned to Crater Lane, where they lived nearby the Billy Jahrmarkt - the proprietor of the Batman Gallery. An iconic poster for a key moment in West Coast assemblage.
Rebecca Solnit discusses the imagery of the poster as it relates to the new avenues that the Batman and other galleries opened up for west coast beat artists in the following passage, from Secret Exhibition:
, "... Robert Hudson and George Herms both had their first significant solo shows there. Herms's opened in May of 1961 and Berman did the poster for it, with a bearded and tough-looking Herms in motorcycle regalia next to a huge assemblage. Berman had convinced the shy twenty-six-year-old that if he was going to be an artist, he was going to have to have shows. The new galleries began to change the odds for artists; work now had a chance of being shown, seen, and even sold." [Secret Exhibition, pp. 74-75].
See also Support the Revolution, p. 176.
Overall creasing, with some light shallow chipping to extremities, as well as several small closed tears, the longest being 1 1/2", else very good. Item #26480