Wallace Berman was born in 1926 in Staten Island, New York, but moved to Los Angeles's Jewish district with his family in the 1930s. After his expulsion from high school--for gambling--in the 1940s, Berman immersed himself in the growing West Coast jazz scene. By the early 1950s, he was a full-time artist (many historians now consider him to be the father of California assemblage) and a leading figure in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Beat communities, between which he established his influential mail art periodical SEMINA. Berman settled in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles in 1966, and died there in 1976.
Richard Prince was born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone. He has had more than 50 solo exhibitions since 1980, at venues including the Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York; Sadie Coles HO, London; Parco, Tokyo; Regan Projects, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Boijmans-Van Beunigen, Rotterdam; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His books include Why I Go to the Movies Alone (Tanem Press, 1983), Wild History (Tanem Press, 1985), Inside World (Thea Westreich, 1989), Adult Comedy Action Drama (Scalo, 1995), and 4 x 4 (Powerhouse Books, 1997). Prince currently lives and works in New York.