From YUM’s curator (follow his Tumblr at zcurator):
A RADIO THAT SHOWS BUTTS? WHAT IS THIS MAGIC?!
No, it’s one of Wallace Berman’s Varifax collages (named after Kodak’s Verifax copy machine which Berman used to make his work). Peering deep into the future (into our present) Berman depicts four, then ubiquitous, portable AM/FM radios. However, instead of a speakers projecting sounds, Berman presents the radios projecting an image — football, cigarets a naked butt. Nevertheless, all of these could have likewise projected their respective familiar sounds live, on radio!
Thought of as one of the fathers of contemporary collage — reminds me of a great Hannah Hoch exhibition I saw at LACMA in ‘95! — Berman drew on images and practices employed by Beat artists and poets, as well as earlier surrealists. Berman was interested in Jewish mysticism and created several works that present Hebrew letter combinations that he found in Kabbalistic texts.
Wallace Berman, Verifax collage and synthetic polymer with prestype on paperboard, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Charles Cowles, 1988, Accession Number: 88.31