George Herms

Since the 40s, George Herms has created work across several disciplines, but he is most widely recognized for his collages and found-object sculptures. Historically, his work is associated with the California assemblage movement, the Semina artist circle, and with contributing to the development of the West Coast aesthetic. Herms’ work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

He has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Sculpture; the Prix de Rome Fellowship in Sculpture from the American Academy in Rome; the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award; and was a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute. His work is included in public collections at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Menil Collection, Houston, TX; the Hammer Museum, Los Angles, CA; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. George Herms (b. 1935, Woodland, CA) currently lives and works in Irvine, CA.

  • Installation View.

  • Spade Shuttle, 1996, assemblage sculpture, 36 1⁄2 x 34 x 27 in.

  • Kite Over Coke Mountain, 1970, collage, 28.75 x 22.5 x 1.5in.

  • Installation View.

  • Ellipse L.A.P.D., 1973, assemblage, 32 1⁄2 x 15 x 2 1⁄2 in.