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February 3, 2011
An influential California sculptor steeped in the spirit of Beat poetry, George Herms will fuse his found object-oriented art with the free-wheeling sound of the Bobby Bradford Mo'tet and other jazz heavyweights for "The Artist's Life. " A category-defying autobiographical piece billed as a "free-jazz opera," the evening's mix of percussive exploration on Herms' unique sculptures along with a live, improvised jazz score should further illuminate the artist's vivid body of work.
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February 5, 2011
ART George Herms An influential California sculptor steeped in the spirit of Beat poetry, George Herms will fuse his found object-oriented art with the free-wheeling sound of the Bobby Bradford Mo'tet and other jazz heavyweights for "The Artist's Life. " A category-defying autobiographical piece billed as a "free-jazz opera," the evening's mix of percussive exploration on Herms' unique sculptures along with a live, improvised jazz score should further illuminate the artist's vivid body of work.
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November 18, 1994 | SUSAN KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
California assemblage art can be thought of as a long-playing ode to rust. Rust is a romantic metaphor for the passing of time. It insinuates the poetry of use and the beauty of waste. It has lost a bit of its frisson due to overexposure over the years. But George Herms, whose "Project X" is now on view at Kohn Turner Gallery, demonstrates that certain materials, like certain aesthetics, never die; they merely await reincarnation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2011
An influential California sculptor steeped in the spirit of Beat poetry, George Herms will fuse his found object-oriented art with the free-wheeling sound of the Bobby Bradford Mo'tet and other jazz heavyweights for "The Artist's Life. " A category-defying autobiographical piece billed as a "free-jazz opera," the evening's mix of percussive exploration on Herms' unique sculptures along with a live, improvised jazz score should further illuminate the artist's vivid body of work.
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September 12, 1992 | WILLIAM WILSON, TIMES ART CRITIC
George Herms suffers from an excess of generosity. Take his current retrospective just opened at the Municipal Art Gallery. Make that retrospectives with an "s." He couldn't settle for just one covering a decent decade or so. He had to have two at once, each covering 30 years. The main one is "George Herms: The Secret Archives." It includes 95 works.
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September 6, 1992 | HUNTER DROHOJOWSKA, Hunter Drohojowska is chair, department of liberal arts and sciences, Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design
A square of rusted yellow steel lay in the middle of the Pacific Coast Highway, where most of the drivers swerved to avoid it. George Herms pulled his car off the side of the road and with a hasty admonition to his son--"Don't ever try to do this"--leaped from the car, dashed into traffic and rescued the corroded castoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1989
In a final bid to keep his controversial "Moon Dial" sculpture on display in a park along Santa Monica Boulevard, artist George Herms asked the Beverly Hills City Council Tuesday night to reverse its order to remove the piece by Friday. "When I was invited to bring this piece to Beverly Hills, I didn't mean to bring in visual Muzak," he told the council. "This was an opportunity to bring some challenging art to Beverly Hills."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1989 | MARLENA DONOHUE
We know Dennis Hopper as the actor who portrayed the carousing biker in "Easy Rider." Hopper admits there is a bit of himself in the self-destructive types he portrays. Through battles with alcohol and drugs, Hopper has come through as an incisive creative force. A body of his black-and-white photographs executed mostly in the '60s bears this out. Hopper's personal foibles apparently lent him a penetrating and witty view into the core of the era. His long relationship with movies gives the photos a compositional sophistication.
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March 15, 2005 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
George Herms' sculpture is trash. By that I don't mean to say he's a bad artist -- just the opposite. Herms' work, which is the subject of a modest yet revealing survey at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, is made from junk. He scavenges from dumpsters, waste bins, the roadside and the seashore. Rather than shoot for transcendence with broken-down furniture, crumbling books, shattered glass, old auto parts and such, he glories in its trashiness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1989 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Halloween has come and gone, but "Moon Dial" remains to haunt Beverly Hills. Looming over a strip of parkland like so many rusty pumpkins on poles, the lampooned public sculpture had faced an Oct. 31 city-imposed deadline for removal. But Beverly Hills officials who led a crusade against the artwork have agreed to delay the inevitable, allowing it to remain until late November, when the artist will be required to cut its winch, two window grates and five old buoys from their concrete moorings.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2005 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
George Herms' sculpture is trash. By that I don't mean to say he's a bad artist -- just the opposite. Herms' work, which is the subject of a modest yet revealing survey at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, is made from junk. He scavenges from dumpsters, waste bins, the roadside and the seashore. Rather than shoot for transcendence with broken-down furniture, crumbling books, shattered glass, old auto parts and such, he glories in its trashiness.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1994 | SUSAN KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
California assemblage art can be thought of as a long-playing ode to rust. Rust is a romantic metaphor for the passing of time. It insinuates the poetry of use and the beauty of waste. It has lost a bit of its frisson due to overexposure over the years. But George Herms, whose "Project X" is now on view at Kohn Turner Gallery, demonstrates that certain materials, like certain aesthetics, never die; they merely await reincarnation.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 1992 | WILLIAM WILSON, TIMES ART CRITIC
George Herms suffers from an excess of generosity. Take his current retrospective just opened at the Municipal Art Gallery. Make that retrospectives with an "s." He couldn't settle for just one covering a decent decade or so. He had to have two at once, each covering 30 years. The main one is "George Herms: The Secret Archives." It includes 95 works.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 1992 | HUNTER DROHOJOWSKA, Hunter Drohojowska is chair, department of liberal arts and sciences, Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design
A square of rusted yellow steel lay in the middle of the Pacific Coast Highway, where most of the drivers swerved to avoid it. George Herms pulled his car off the side of the road and with a hasty admonition to his son--"Don't ever try to do this"--leaped from the car, dashed into traffic and rescued the corroded castoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1989
In a final bid to keep his controversial "Moon Dial" sculpture on display in a park along Santa Monica Boulevard, artist George Herms asked the Beverly Hills City Council Tuesday night to reverse its order to remove the piece by Friday. "When I was invited to bring this piece to Beverly Hills, I didn't mean to bring in visual Muzak," he told the council. "This was an opportunity to bring some challenging art to Beverly Hills."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1989 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Halloween has come and gone, but "Moon Dial" remains to haunt Beverly Hills. Looming over a strip of parkland like so many rusty pumpkins on poles, the lampooned public sculpture had faced an Oct. 31 city-imposed deadline for removal. But Beverly Hills officials who led a crusade against the artwork have agreed to delay the inevitable, allowing it to remain until late November, when the artist will be required to cut its winch, two window grates and five old buoys from their concrete moorings.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2011
ART George Herms An influential California sculptor steeped in the spirit of Beat poetry, George Herms will fuse his found object-oriented art with the free-wheeling sound of the Bobby Bradford Mo'tet and other jazz heavyweights for "The Artist's Life. " A category-defying autobiographical piece billed as a "free-jazz opera," the evening's mix of percussive exploration on Herms' unique sculptures along with a live, improvised jazz score should further illuminate the artist's vivid body of work.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 1989 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer
Sculptor George Herms brought a personal perspective to the issue of censorship in public art, the hot topic at a panel discussion Thursday night at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Herms has been embroiled in controversy over his sculpture "Moon Dial," installed last April in Beverly Gardens Park in Beverly Hills.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1989 | MARLENA DONOHUE
We know Dennis Hopper as the actor who portrayed the carousing biker in "Easy Rider." Hopper admits there is a bit of himself in the self-destructive types he portrays. Through battles with alcohol and drugs, Hopper has come through as an incisive creative force. A body of his black-and-white photographs executed mostly in the '60s bears this out. Hopper's personal foibles apparently lent him a penetrating and witty view into the core of the era. His long relationship with movies gives the photos a compositional sophistication.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 1989 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer
Sculptor George Herms brought a personal perspective to the issue of censorship in public art, the hot topic at a panel discussion Thursday night at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Herms has been embroiled in controversy over his sculpture "Moon Dial," installed last April in Beverly Gardens Park in Beverly Hills.
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