Semina 1955-1964 - Art is Love is God

Wallace Berman / Boo-Hooray


Boo-Hooray, New York, 2013. Special Edition of 300 copies. Softcover with Illustrated wraps with six ephemeral inserts. 174pp., 8 x 10 inches.

Near Fine with only minor shelf wear.

Full color catalogue produced in an edition of 300 to accompany an exhibition of Wallace Berman's legendary "Semina" publications at Boo-Hooray gallery, edited by Johan Kugelberg. Unlike the trade edition of 700 copies, this special edition contains an envelope at rear which houses two rubberstamped photographic prints, three posters and a 10 page saddle stapled booklet of annotations and texts by Johan Kugelberg, Adam Davis, Tosh Berman, Shirley Berman, Philip Aarons and Andrew Roth.

Features reproductions, a majority of which are on a 1:1 scale, of all issues of Berman's "Semina", giving viewers a glimpse into these massively influential publications, which are exceedingly difficult to track down in original form.

As the poet Robert Duncan said "Semina was a cult magazine. It meant to reveal the possibility of the emergence of a new way of feeling. Cult means the cultivation of something…. Wallace Berman gathered writers and artists he knew that gave him a sense of his own personal identity, and of taking hold of the beginnings of his art.”

Writers and artists included in Semina range from Herman Hesse, Jean Cocteau, Paul Éluard, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and more.

An invaluable reference and guide to the elusive, massively influential work of Wallace Berman.