George Herms

INEXPLICABLE URGE, 2013
Collage on panel
72 x 55 x 3 inches

BIOGRAPHY

b. 1935, Woodland, CA
Lives and works in Irvine, CA

EDUCATION

1955
University of California, Berkeley

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Pipe Dreams, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
George Herms, Galerie Vallois, Paris, France

2015
George Herms, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY

2013
On and Off the Wall, Louis Stern Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Emergio, OHWOW, Los Angeles, CA
Galerie Vallois, Paris, France

2012
George Herms: Salute to Bruce Conner, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

2011
Zeitgeist Bandwagon, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
George Herms: Collages, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Chaos Job: Restrain Order, Grand Central Art Center, California State, Santa Ana, CA
George Herms: Xenophilia (Love of the Unknown), Museum of Contemporary Art at PDC, Los Angeles, CA

2010
George Herms: Collages, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
George Herms: Five Decades of Madness, Nyehaus, New York, NY

2008
Lymphatic Vessels and Monoprints: Celebrating the Life and Art of Bruce Conner, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY

2007
George Herms: Assemblages, Galerie Vallois, Paris, France (catalog)

2006
Select Works: George Herms, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

2005
George Herms: Hot Set, curated by Walter Hopps, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA (DVD catalogue)
Pandora’s Box: The Sculpture of George Herms, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
From George Herms with LOVE, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

2003
Sepia Jones Collages, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002
Then and Now, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (catalog)
Teragrams and Roses, Mesa Nights: A Romance of the Old Southwest, Redbud Gallery, Houston, TX

2001
Bed of Roses: Assemblages, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999
Poet Heroes of My Youth, Assemblage/Sculpture, Fred Spratt Gallery, in association with Larry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog)

1998
Parade of Sculpture, First Street Bridge Project, Los Angeles, CA
Office of the Future, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1996
George Herms: Works Saluting San Francisco, 1962-1996, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Beat Bar, Track 16 Gallery and Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Crossings, Fred Spratt Gallery, San Jose, CA

1995
George Herms: From Then and There to Here and Now, with a Little Help from His Friends, Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner and Dennis Hopper, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NY
Beat Epiphanies and Home Runs, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SAM RAM, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

1994
Project X, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
George Herms: Taking Another Look–The Art of Assemblage, Fred Spratt Gallery, San Jose, CA

1992
Secret Archives: A Retrospective, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

1991
George Herms, d.p., Fong Gallery, San Jose, CA

1990
George Herms, Cypress College, Cypress, CA

1989
George Herms, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1988
Salute to Paul Beattie, California Museum of Fine Art, Santa Rosa, CA
Rome Poem Revisited, Tyler Gallery, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

1986
Recent Sculpture, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
George Herms, Oscarsson Siegeltuch Gallery, New York, NY

1985
Jacaranda Project, Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA

1984
George Herms: Rome Poem, Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, CA (catalog)

1982
Eight Etudes, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA
Pre-Rome Sacraments and/or Raw Tracks, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1981
Score, University of Denver Art Gallery, Denver, Colorado
Time Reliefs and Ringers, Ruth Schaffner Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1980
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
Stage One Gallery, Orange, CA

1979
The Prometheus Archives: A Retrospective Exhibition of the Works of George Herms, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA (catalog)

1978
Arco Center for the Visual Arts, Los Angeles, CA

1977
Unbeknownst, Manitoba Museum of Finds Art, San Francisco, CA

1976
Sets and Related Works, Pasadena Artists Co-Op, Pasadena, CA
L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
Session, 80 Langton Street, San Francisco, CA

1975
California State University, San Jose, CA
Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Psuedonymphia, TJB Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

1973
George Herms Selected Works 1960-1973, Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA (catalog)
Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1972
Selected Works 1960-1972, California State University, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

1970
Holiday Exhibition, Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1969
Foggy Wagons, Mystic Arts World, Laguna Beach, CA
Faithquake, Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1966
Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1965
Spring Visions, Stryke Gallery, New York, NY

1963
Nativity 63, Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1962
Aura Gallery, Pasadena, CA

1961
Batman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1960
Semina Gallery, Larkspur, CA (with photographs by Edmund Teske)

1959
Jubilee, First Public Exhibition, Tuolumne, CA

1957
Secret Exhibition, Hermosa Beach, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
The Grand Embrace: Myranda Gillies and Grandpa George Herms, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
Rat Bastard Protective Association, Organized by Dr. Anastasia Aukeman, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY

2016
Rat Bastard Protective Association, Organized by Dr. Anastasia Aukeman, The Landing, Los Angeles, CA
Tinseltown in the Rain: The Surrealist Diaspora in Los Angeles 1935-1969, Curated by Max Maslansky, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Holy Barbarians: Beat Culture on the West Coast, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Take an Object, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Beat Generation, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Eternal, with Marco Barrera and Agathe Snow, Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles, CA

2015
Small Sculpture, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014
Joan Quinn Captured, Brand Art Center, Glendale, CA

2013
Indelibly Yours, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Local Fish, Ernie Wolfe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012
Purple in 3D, Curated by Olivier Zahm, BLKDNM, New York, NY
West Coast, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
It Ain’t Fair 2012, OHWOW, Miami Beach, FL
OC Collects, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California
Pairings: The Collection at 50: George Herms and Roland Reiss, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Indelibly Yours: Smith Andersen Editions and the Tattoo Project, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

2011
In Context (in conjunction with Betye Saar: Red Time), Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture 1950-1970, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
46 N. Los Robles: A History of the Pasadena Art Museum, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics 1945–1980, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Do Not Remove, with Bruce Conner and Robert Mallary, The Mayor Gallery, London, UK
Venice in Venice, curated by Tim Nye, Venice, Italy
Two Schools of Cool, in collaboration with Sarah Cain, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Taste of Tattoo, Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

2010
Swell, Nyehaus Gallery, New York, NY
Art Shack, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Some Assembly Required, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Sight Vision Revisited, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Built to Survive the Real World: Bruce Conner, George Herms, Dennis Hopper, Robert Dean Stockwell , curated by Neville Wakefield, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York, NY

2008
Sack of Bones (Los Angeles), Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2007
Opera Workshop, Phantom Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

2006
Los Angeles 1955-1985: Naissance d’une Capitale Artistique, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
A Piece of History (From L.A.…but not in Paris), Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY

2004
Show & Tell, Art of Connection, Zimmer Children’s Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Not-So-Still Life: A Century of California Painting and Sculpture, Invitational Group Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California
Art, Pasadena, CA (catalog)
George Herms: Assemblage Masterworks, and Andy Schuessler: Electro-mechanical Sculpture, with Pixie Herms: Paintings The
Bridge Series, Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

2003
Los Angeles Assemblage Show, Don O’Melveny Gallery, West Hollywood, CA (catalog)
Twisted Christmas, curated by Joella March, The Unurban, Santa Monica, CA
Faithful, Herms/Pix Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Cut, Copy, Paste: The Art of Contemporary Collage, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA
LA Black + White, Beauty Stripped Bare Invitational, BGH Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
The Art of Leaving, The Unurban, Santa Monica, CA
The Brewery 2003 Spring Artwalk, The Brewery Artist Colony, Los Angeles, CA

2002
Some Assembly Required: Collage Culture in Post War America, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY  (catalog)
New Acquisitions, New Work, New Directions 3: Contemporary Selections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Academy of Fine Arts, Brescia, Italy

2000
The 7th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI (catalog)

1999
Corroborations, with James Fee, SF Cameraworks, San Francisco, CA

1998
Coming Attractions, with James Fee, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1997
Sunshine and Noir, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (catalog)
Interconnections, with Richard Ankrom, Karen Finley, Mat Gleason, and Pixie Guerin, SITE, The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

1995
Beat Culture and the New America, 1950-1965, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY (catalog)

1994
Eyeful, with Pixie Guerin, Herms/Pix Studios Los Angeles, CA
Worlds in a Box, South Bank Center, London, UK (catalog)
Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum for the Arts, Cleveland, OH (catalog)

1993
The Elegant, Irreverent & Obsessive: Drawing in Southern California, California State University, Fullerton, CA

1992
Sight Vision: The Urban Milieu #3, with Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Jay de Feo, Wally Hedrick, and Jess, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Poem Makers: Wallace Berman, George Herms and Jess, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art Benefit Auction, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

1991
California Artist’s Books, The Armory Center, Pasadena, CA
Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, George Herms and Jess, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY

1990
Artists’ Artists, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Crossing the Line: Word and Image in Art, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Novel Ideas, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

1989
Forty Years of California Assemblage, Wight Art Gallery, University of California, LA (catalog)
The Junk Aesthetic: Assemblage of the 1950s and Early 1960s, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County Branch, Stamford, CT (catalog)
Rezoning (Bill Bissett, George Herms, Jess and Al Neil), Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (catalog)
Poetic Objects, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX (catalog)

1988
Assemblage: Poetry and Narration, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA (catalog)
Lost and Found in California: Four Decades of Assemblage Art, James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (catalog)
Loans from the Norton Simon Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1987
Assemblage, Kent Fine Art, Inc., New York, NY (catalog)
Recent Acquisitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1986
The Continuing Magic of California Assemblage, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA (catalog)
Shrines and Altars, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Sculpture and Sculptors Drawings, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1985
San Francisco 1945-1965, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (catalog)
American/European: Painting and Sculpture, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1984
San Francisco and Los Angeles Artists, Gille Mansillon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Narrative Sculpture, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA (catalog)

1983
Contemporary Collage: Extensions, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA (catalog)
Collage: The Americans, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (catalog)
Annual Exhibition, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy (catalog)
Sight/Vision/The Urban Milieu, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Boxed Art, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA
American/European Painting and Sculpture, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1982
Contemporary Triptychs, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA (catalog)
The West as Art, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Plam Springs, CA (catalog)

1981
California: The State of Landscape 1972-1981, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA (catalog)
California: A Sense of Individualism, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
Humor in Art, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Collage and Assemblage, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MI (catalog)
Southern California Artists 1940-1980, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA (catalog)
Art of Assemblage, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA (catalog)

1980
Furnishings by Artists, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
Sculpture in California 1975-80, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (catalog)
Major Works, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
Recent Acquisitions, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

1979
10 Sculptors Outdoors- 15 Works, California State College, San Bernardino, CA

1978
3 Generations—Studies in Collage, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Southern Exposure, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Gray Matter Mail Art Show, California State University, San Diego, CA
100 + Current Directions in Southern California Art, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Deja Vu; Masterpieces Updated, Downey Museum of Art and Citrus Community College, Downey, CA (catalog)

1977
The Artists Book, Mandeville Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA
Sculptors’ Photographs, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (catalog)
Hieronymous Zones, Pierce College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1976
Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
Realism- Points of View, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA
Whats Happening in L.A. Art?, Comsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Collection Without Walls, California State University, Fullerton, CA
December Drawing, Floating Wall Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

1975
Other Voices, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA (catalog)
Assemblage, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Environment and the New Art, University of California, Davis, CA

1974
Word Works, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA
Poets of the Cities New York and San Francisco 1950-1965, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX
Giancarlo Bocchi Gallery, Milan, Italy
Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1973
Kurt Schwitters and Related Developments, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
The Betty and Monte Factor Family Collection, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA

1972
Westcoast 1972, Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Surrealism is Alive and Well in the West, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (catalog)

1971
Tableaux d’Aujourd hui, Maitre Binoche, Paris, France

1970
Assemblage of Assemblage, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

1969
Recent Acquisitions 1969, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA (catalog)
The Diana Zlotnick Collection: A Collector/A Point of View, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

1968
Assemblage in California, University of California, Irvine, CA (catalog)

1967
Selection, 1967: Recent Acquisitions in Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley, CA (catalog)

1964
Sterling Holloway Collection, University of California, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

1962
California Collage Show, Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
Fifty California Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalog)

1961
The Art of Assemblage, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (catalog)
Object Makers, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

1960
Gangbang, Batman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

THEATRE

2011
George Herms: The Artist Life–A Free Jazz Opera, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
Invocation Blues, Press Conference for Pacific Standard Time, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Tohubohu! and George Herms, Rachel Rosenthal Company, Los Angeles, CA

2003
Rapture of the Beat, a theatre piece by George Herms, Varsity Theatre, Davis, CA

2002
Valley Beat, a theatre piece by George Herms, Varsity Theatre, Davis, CA
The Story of the Book of Perfection, a recital by George Herms, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Doctor Jazz, for Jay DeFeo, a theatre piece by George Herms, Utah State University, Logan, UT

2000
Concoction Box, a theatre piece by George Herms, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
A Rose for the Church of Art, a theatre piece by George Herms, The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

1995
Asphalt Fountain Pen, a theatre piece by George Herms, M.H. deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1994
Panel of Experts, a theatre piece by George Herms, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

1992
Secret Archives, a theatre piece by George Herms, Municipal Art Gallery Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

1975
Asphalt Fountain Pen, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

1971
Sets for Showdown at Fork Tongue Canyon, Topanga, CA

1970
Egg of Nite, a theatre piece by George Herms, Topanga, CA

1967
Environment for lobby of The Beard, a play by Michael McClure, Warners Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

1964
Sets for The Blossom or Billy the Kid, a play by Michael McClure, Poets Theatre, New York, NY

LECTURES AND RESIDENCIES

Lecturer in Drawing and Painting, California State University, Fullerton, California, 2009
Artist-in-Residence, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine, 2006
Lecturer in Sculpture, Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture, Santa Monica, California, 1991-98
Lecturer in Sculpture, Otis Parsons, Los Angeles, California, 1994
Artist-in-Residence, The Robbins Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, 1991
Lecturer in Sculpture, University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1987-94
Lecturer in Sculpture, Otis Parsons, Los Angeles, California, 1987
Lecturer in Sculpture, University of California, San Diego, California, 1985
Artist-in-Residence, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 1981
Lecturer in Sculpture, University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1980-81
Visiting Artist, California State University, Fullerton, California, 1977-79
Lecturer in Studio Art, University of California Irvine, California, 1976

HONORS AND AWARDS

Fellowship, Getty Research Institute, 2005
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award, 1998
Finalist in Pico Seagate competition, 1989
Working Grant, Pollock Krasner Foundation, 1987
National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Fellowship, 1984
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Sculpture
Prix de Rome, Fellowship in Sculpture, American Academy in Rome
National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Fellowship, 1977
National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Fellowship, 1968
Servant of Holy Beauty Award, 1962

PUBLIC ART

Portals to Poetry, Citicorp Plaza, Los Angeles, California, 1989
Moon Dial, Beverly Hills, California, 1988
Clock Tower Monument to Unknown, MacArthur Park Public Art Program, Los Angeles, California, 1987

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California
di Rosa Preserve, Napa, California
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Menil Collection, Houston, Texas
M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, California
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California
Orange County Museum of Art (formerly Newport Harbor Art Museum), Newport Beach, California
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

SELECTED WORKS