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SEMINA CULTURE WALLACE BERMAN AND HIS CIRCLE

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SEMINA CULTURE WALLACE BERMAN AND HIS CIRCLE

BY MICHAEL DUNCAN AND KRISTINE MCKENNA

THE SECOND EDITION OF THE NOW CLASSIC AND MUCH SOUGHT-AFTER 2005 VOLUME CELEBRATES THE CIRCLE OF THE QUINTESSENTIAL VISUAL ARTIST OF THE BEAT ERA, WALLACE BERMAN (1926–76), WHO REMAINS ONE OF THE BEST-KEPT SECRETS OF THE POSTWAR ERA. A CRUCIAL FIGURE IN CALIFORNIA'S UNDERGROUND CULTURE, BERMAN WAS A CATALYST WHO TRAVERSED MANY DIFFERENT WORLDS, TRANSFERRING IDEAS AND DREAMS FROM ONE CIRCLE TO THE NEXT. HIS LARGER COMMUNITY IS THE SUBJECT OF SEMINA CULTURE, WHICH INCLUDES PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN WORKS BY 52 ARTISTS. ANCHORING THIS PUBLICATION IS SEMINA, A LOOSE-LEAF ART AND POETRY JOURNAL THAT BERMAN PUBLISHED IN NINE ISSUES BETWEEN 1955 AND 1964. ALTHOUGH PRINTED IN EXTREMELY SHORT RUNS AND DISTRIBUTED TO ONLY A HANDFUL OF FRIENDS AND SYMPATHIZERS, SEMINA IS A BRILLIANT AND BEAUTIFULLY MADE COMPENDIUM OF THE MOST INTERESTING ARTISTS AND POETS OF ITS TIME, AND IS TODAY A VERY RARE COLLECTOR'S ITEM. SHOWCASING THE INDIVIDUALS THAT DEFINED A STILL-POTENT STRAND OF POSTWAR COUNTERCULTURE, SEMINA CULTURE OUTLINES THE ENERGIES AND VALUES OF THIS FASCINATING CIRCLE.

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