The Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica will present three separate exhibits of works by Julian Wasser, George Herms and Edmund Teske beginning Saturday, Dec. 3 through Jan. 14.

The opening reception for Los Angeles by Wasser, Collages by Herms and Portraits by Teske is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Craig Krull Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. B3, Santa Monica. Herms and Wasser will briefly speak about their work at 3:45 p.m.

All three of these exhibitions are part of the Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980.

Coming out of the Beat Generation of the 1950s, Herms is recognized – along with Ed Kienholz, Wallace Berman and Bruce Conner – as a leading figure of California Assemblage, a gallery spokesperson notes. Herms’ work combines aged, stained, and rusted detritus, always rubber stamped with the four letters LOVE (the E printed backwards). The collages in this exhibition are from the past 40 years, representing a few different bodies of work.

Wasser started his career in photography in the 1950s as a teenager shooting crime scenes in Washington D.C., which he sold to The Washington Post. After university and military service, he settled in Hollywood and worked for many years as a contract photographer for Time, Life and People magazines. The Los Angeles exhibit will include night scenes of the Sunset Strip in the 1960s, images of key L.A. figures such as Joan Didion, Ed Ruscha and Jack Nicholson, as well as historic photos of the Watts Riots and Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel.

Teske’s Portraits will display photographs of legendary artists and the early L.A. art, music and experimental film scenes such as George Herms, Kenneth Anger, Ramblin Jack Elliott and Jim Morrison.

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