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George Herms 
American (b.1935)



Assemblage sculpture
Gift of the Artist, 2001.26.125


Clock for People Who Don’t Want To Know What Time It Is

Gift of the Artist, 2001.26.126

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Assemblage is art made from disparate materials, including everyday objects often scavenged by the artist. Translated from French as “assembly,” this approach to making art can be thought of as a three-dimensional or sculptural collage and was first used early in the 20th century. Assemblage became widespread in the 1950s and 1960s, when Herms established himself as a member of the California assemblage movement. This group of artists and poets challenged the values of the art world and rejected the wastefulness of post-war consumerism. By juxtaposing found objects, some foraged in dumps, Herms makes new meanings and associations infused with poetry and humor. 

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