Category Archives: Grace Hartigan

One of Kate Spade’s Muses was Frank O’Hara

                  Here’s an interesting footnote to the very sad news about the pioneering fashion designer Kate Spade, who died of an apparent suicide several days ago.  In a piece in the Atlantic, … Continue reading

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Grace Hartigan, Frank O’Hara, and the New York School

Burt Glinn, Back Table at the Five Spot (1957), Frank O’Hara, Larry Rivers, Grace Hartigan (l to r) The painter Grace Hartigan (1922-2008) was a central figure in the New York School of poets and artists in the 1950s. Particularly close to Frank O’Hara, … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Book Review, Elaine de Kooning, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, Joan Mitchell, John Ashbery, Larry Rivers, Uncategorized, Visual Art

Elaine de Kooning, Frank O’Hara, and the New York School

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., is currently hosting a large exhibition devoted to the work of Elaine de Kooning.  De Kooning, like her husband Willem, was a good friend and ally of many poets of the New York School. The show, entitled “Elaine … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alex Katz, Allen Ginsberg, Art Exhibit, Edwin Denby, Elaine de Kooning, Fairfield Porter, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Jane Freilicher, Joan Mitchell, John Ashbery, Merce Cunningham, Visual Art, Willem de Kooning | 1 Comment

Jed Perl’s Art in America: Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, and More

  The esteemed Library of America has just published a massive new anthology called Art in America 1945–1970: Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism, edited by Jed Perl, the art critic for the New Republic. The … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Andy Warhol, Book Review, Books, Fairfield Porter, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Jack Kerouac, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, John Ashbery, Larry Rivers, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Robert Motherwell, Visual Art

June’s Poetry Magazine: Harry Mathews, Ron Padgett, and a Hint of Frank O’Hara

Poetry magazine, given a jolt of energy under new editor Don Share, continues to display an exciting eclecticism and openness to multiple traditions, including an ongoing special interest in the poetry of the New York School (a development I posted about here). … Continue reading

Posted in Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Harry Mathews, John Ashbery, John Cage, Journals, Locus Solus, NY School Influence, Podcast, Poems, Reviews, Ron Padgett | 1 Comment

Nostalgia (or Not) for The Cedar Tavern

Another Frank O’Hara sighting in the news.  In a recent New York Times op-ed titled “Bye-Bye Bohemia,” Lee Siegel pondered the fate of the Cedar Tavern, the legendary hangout of the Abstract Expressionist painters and New York School poets in … Continue reading

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