SHE: Images of Women by Wallace Berman & Richard Prince
January 15 – March 7, 2009
Los Angeles, CA (October 14, 2008) – Michael Kohn Gallery is pleased to present a special exhibition, SHE: Images of Women by Wallace Berman & Richard Prince, guest curated by Kristine McKenna. Opening on January 15, SHE draws connections between these two world-renowned contemporary artists and the common subtext that courses through their work: Women, the archetypes and the fantasies. Featuring works from 1958 to 2008, SHE will be on view through March 7, 2009 at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles.
SHE features previously unseen works by Berman as well as representative pieces from Prince’s signature series, Nurses and Girlfriends, and the debut of his Car-—a 1986 El Camino automobile with images from his Girlfriends series superimposed on the car’s body. In the 1960s, Wallace Berman (1949-1976) became an extremely prominent figure in the counterculture movements of Los Angeles and San Francisco. He helped shape the artistic sensibility of the Beat generation as a master of assemblage and editor of Semina, a mail art publication. A generation later, Richard Prince gained notoriety in the 1980s for his rephotographs and appropriating popular media into his collages and paintings.
Highlights of SHE include Richard Prince’s Nurse collages, a careful selection of Girlfriend photographs, a collaged mailbox sculpture, and finally Car. Car is the third in a series of cult cars that are wrapped in vinyl and printed with images of Prince’s infamous Girlfriends (rephotographs of biker girls found in motorcycle magazines), one of which was shown this past June at the Serpentine Gallery in London in Prince’s show, Continuation. Wallace Berman will be represented by a series of previously unseen single-image Verifax collages, a body of rarely exhibited mailers from the collection of Teri Garr, inserts from his limited edition, hand-made artists magazine, Semina, selections from his recently discovered body of photographic portraiture, and several unique works incorporating images which were considered “pornography” at the time.