“BERMAN WAS DEFINITELY AND DEFINITIVELY THE L.A. ART MAGUS”

Here is a brief but fascinating overview of Wallace Berman and his circle written by John Perreault in Arts Journal which well demonstrates the almost magical attraction Berman’s work can have, both by those seeing it for the first time, or those who have long since fallen under the spell. Among much else, he illuminates Berman’s use of Hebrew letters in his work succinctly:

“In regard to his use of the Hebrew alphabet, most commentators find no sense or meaning in the letters. They are there because, as everyone knows, G-d created the universe using the Hebrew alphabet — and, some say, also used the spaces between the letters and within the letters.”

In conclusion he observes that “L.A. needed an underground art to match up with L.A. Noir. California needed an avant-garde.” Berman was more than ready, to help bring that into existence.