Los Angeles: Los Angeles Filmmaker's Festival, 1963. Offset from collage and manuscript. 12 1⁄2 x 17 1⁄2 in., in frame measuring 15 1⁄4 x 21 1⁄2 in. Very good; center lines from folding and mild edge wear. Two very small chips (<1⁄8 in.) and one larger (1⁄2 in. at its deepest and 1 in. long); not obstructing image or text. Signed and dated letter of provenance from Jonas Mekas available with purchase. Item #5932
A rare and striking poster designed in Wallace Berman’s singular style, promoting the Second Los Angeles Filmmaker’s Festival at the Cinema Theater on February 12, 1963.
Berman, an avant-garde filmmaker and collage artist, worked with the Beats, and the larger post-war California underground art scene. His influential mail art publication, Semina, was issued from 1955 to 1964 and collected beats writers and surrealist texts. His collages, often utilizing a duplicated image of a handheld transistor radio, played with pop culture imagery and the two-dimensional offset lithograph print as film or television screen. While this poster does not feature the radio image, the striking composition and sense of motion is a fitting choice for the film festival, still translating his unique and recognizable style to the page.