Curated by Sophie DannenmĂĽller
September 8 - October 11, 2018
Opening on Saturday, September 8, 2018:
4:30 pm | Exhibition walkthrough with the curator,
followed by a Q&A session with the son of the artist, Tosh Berman
6-8 pm | Opening Reception & Bebop Concert by the Bobby Rangell Band
galerie frank elbaz is pleased to present Wallace Berman - Visual Music, the artist's third solo exhibition in Paris. The catalog essay and exhibition examine the connection between sound and image, music and visual art, in Berman's artwork and show the extremely important role music played in Berman's artistic approach. On September 8, the gallery will celebrate the opening of the exhibition with a walkthrough and a Q&A session with Tosh Berman and Sophie DannenmĂĽller. A bebop concert by the Bobby Rangell Band will follow.
Music was inseparable from Berman's life and work. The artist always kept strong ties to the music world and kept track of the latest developments with an insatiable curiosity, exploring the avant-garde beyond California and taking notice of innovative, unusual, and sometimes confidential productions. Berman's love of music wasn't limited to one particular genre but embraced many styles. Jazz, however, always remained his great love, especially bebop. Berman was a regular at Tempo Records in Los Angeles, a shop connected to the Dial label which was created to promote bebop. His drawings were chosen for several Dial leaflets and for the cover of the two-volume album Be-Bop Jazz with All the Stars of the New Movement released in 1947 and 1948. Berman often frequented Los Angeles' underground black jazz clubs, where jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billie Holiday would perform. Thus his early works are inevitably rooted in jazz, which offered him a unique and genuine source of inspiration and emotion.
Wallace Berman, Silent Series, 1965, Collage - Verifax collage in artist's frame
33 x 35.6 cm / 13 x 14 inches
Wallace Berman, Untitled (Ray Charles, this is The Card That Reads 7), 1965
Collage, 31.8 x 21.6 cm, 12.5 x 8 1/2 inches