George Herms is a Los Angeles assemblage artist who was associated with the Beats and who, my colleague Christopher Knight noted in a review of a 2005 Herms retrospective at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, has discovered the “precise location for making spiritually inclined art out of worldly trash.”
Herms may also be the ultimate outsider artist, even though he is insider enough that when the Whitney Museum of Art had a show on Beat culture in 1996, several of his works were included and he was invited on the Charlie Rose show along with Allen Ginsberg. He was, of necessity, part of the big Los Angeles show at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2006. The Getty Research Institute has been busily cataloging hundreds of boxes of his work from a 50-year career. His name has been mentioned in the Los Angeles Times 184 times in the last 25 years.