Semina, No. 7, 1961. Wallace BERMAN.
Semina, No. 7, 1961.

Semina, No. 7, 1961.

Larkspur, CA: Privately printed and hand-assembled by Wallace Berman, 1961.

Item #SKB-11136

Limited to 200 copies. Folder with an altered photographic still of actress Susan Hayward on the cover. Laid into a pocket inside the folder are 18 inserts of various sizes printing photographs, texts, and drawings. This issue is devoted entirely to work by Berman---the only issue solely authored by him---and it features some of his most memorable images, including ones of Shirley and Tosh, to whom this issue is dedicated. It's the last issue that Berman created in his Larkspur houseboat before returning to LA, the "city of degenerate angels" that Berman was so happy to leave in 1957 after his Ferus Gallery bust. This issue has been described as being both autobiographical and elegiac, and Farnsworth in his paper on Semina 7 observes that: "Semina 7's imagery can be read as a swansong to the end of what is already seen as the artist's most hermetic period. Semina 7's somber mood, its tributes to recently deceased artists and other culturally marginalized figures---all set for the first time in the artist's own voice---can be understood as a eulogy to Berman's own secluded self." Contents fine, in very near fine, exceptionally crisp folder with a minute tear to base of spine. A scarce and important issue.

Price: $7,500.00

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