This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features George Herms.
Herms’ work is presented in a new, two-volume monograph called “George Herms: The River Book.” The book includes new pictures of Herms’ work, photographs as well as texts by both Herms and Dave Hickey. It was just published by Hamilton Press. Amazon offers it for under $60 — a 40 percent discount.
Herms is also the subject of a new exhibition presented by Fluent Collaborative and testsite in Austin, Texas. Titled "LOVE George Herms," the exhibition includes a selection of Herms’ found-object suclptures and more recent collages. It was curated by Sarah Bancroft and will be on view through October 19.
Herms came to prominence in California in the 1950s, one of a group of artists who accumulated found objects into wondrous sculptures. Herms work has been the subject of numerous retrospectives, including at the Newport Harbor Art Museum (1979) and at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2005). Herms has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome and a Guggenheim fellowship.
This is Herms’ Coffee Table Book with Blue Marble (1990) from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It’s an example of how Herms uses rust as ‘patina,’ a subject he discusses with host Tyler Green on this week’s program.