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Irwin Kremen / MATRIX 265

Exhibit - Multimedia | April 26 – August 26, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


The tiny pieces of paper that comprise Irwin Kremen’s visually stunning abstract collages were taken from advertisements found on the walls of cities such as Paris, Brussels, Florence, Rome, and New York. Using only these found materials, Kremen constructs his works using fine hinges made of Japanese paper so as to preserve the sense of edge and depth among the various paper fragments. It is rare to find today work made with such incredible care and visual focus. Kremen studied writing at Black Mountain College and later became close to figures such as David Tudor, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage, who dedicated to Kremen his seminal work 4'33". Kremen was born in 1925 in Chicago and now lives in Durham, North Carolina. This exhibition features collage works made over the past fifty years.

Organized by BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder.


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