SEMINA (Berman, Wallace)

- No. 6. "The Clown: A Poem" by David Meltzer. 335 copies printed. 14 un -numbered sheets,14,5x12 cm, handprinted in black and red on off-white stock, loose in interior pocket, inside white photostock front and back cover, Cover photo(s): Wallace Berman (5 round b/w photo-fragments). Larkspur,Calif.1960. Cover in good condition, very small stain in right margin, small bump in right bottom corner and lower spine lightly loosening,split of ab.3 cm. . On back cover in red: Art is Love is God. Inside front cover a stamp in purple of the American flag.

EUR 8,000.00

Complete copy of the sixth issue of Berman's iconic assemblage zine, dedicated entirely to David Meltzer's 13-part poem "The Clown." Berman illustrated the title leaf and designed the photographic collage on the cover of the portfolio, featuring four images of his Larkspur landlady and Sausalito gallery owner Phyllis surrounding an image of the Semina Gallery. This copy has distinguished provenance, coming from Berman's inner circle, the estate of his close friend and fellow artist Ben Talbert, who died of an accidental overdose sometime in 1974. One can occasionally (meaning, maybe every 3-4 years) turn up a copy of any issue of Semina, but you almost never encounter issues owned by people within Berman's circle, which most of the time, is where a good many of the few issues produced ended up.

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