September 12, 1992 |
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.
September 6, 1992 |
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."
March 15, 2005 |
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.
May 5, 1989 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1989 |
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.