Wallace Berman, his zine Semina, and the culture created were once described as “Surrealism Meets Kabbalah.” Credited for starting the California assemblage style Berman surrounded himself by a heavy cast of other beat poets and artists who contributed to the zine and helped define beat culture.
Berman’s own art incorporated the Hebrew alphabet which he used to explore his own brand of Jewish mysticism. He used Semina to promote and publish not only his own work but that of Allen Ginsburg, Dennis Hopper and Bob Kaufman to name a few.
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