Tuesday, May 29, 2007

TamTam Books’ Tosh Berman in New York City for "Wallace Berman Photographs"


For your editorial consideration Contact: Molly Cain
212--627-1999 x203 mcain@dapinc.com

EVENT DATE: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 at 7 pm

WHAT: The new book Wallace Berman: Photographs will be discussed by Wallace’s son Tosh Berman; film footage and outtakes from Wallace Berman's film "Aleph" will be screened. See details below.

WHERE: Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers
Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Bedford Avenue between North 4th and North 5th Streets

Admittance is free and open to the public. Wine will be served.

Tosh Berman, son of the artist and photographer Wallace Berman, will discuss the stories behind the photographs of his late father, recently published by D.A.P. and RoseGallery, in Wallace Berman: Photographs. Tosh Berman will also read excerpts from his own memoir, My Struggle, that reference the period during which these photographs were taken. Film footage and outtakes from Wallace Berman's film "Aleph", recently preserved by the Film Anthology in New York City, will be screened before and during the evening’s talks and readings.


Wallace Berman: Photographs
Edited and introduction by Kristine McKenna and Lorraine Wild
Published by RoseGallery, Los Angeles

The quintessential visual artist of the Beat generation, Wallace Berman's influence has continued to radiate throughout the American art scene and in our popular culture since the 1950s. As an artist, Berman worked in relative obscurity up until his premature death, at the age of 50, in 1976. Since then, however, interest in his work, and recognition of its importance, have steadily increased. The subject of the recent—and highly lauded—traveling exhibition and accompanying catalogue, Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle, he was the central and binding figure in a diverse community of artists, poets, actors and musicians, and was revered for his wisdom as well as his achievements as an artist, publisher and filmmaker. However, until the 1999 discovery of an archive of his photographic negatives, very few people have known that Berman was also an extremely accomplished photographer. He documented the West Coast Beat culture of the 1950s, the first stirrings of the hippie culture that took root in the canyons of Southern California in the 60s and the diverse cast of characters who passed through his famously creative world with amazing intimacy and candor. Berman's photographs are gathered here for the first time ever.

Wallace Berman: Photographs, Published by RoseGallery, Los Angeles and D.A.P./ Distributed Art Publishers,
Distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., ISBN: 9781933045610, Price: $50.00

D.A.P. 155 6th Avenue, Fl. 2, New York City, 10013
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