Category Archives: In Memoriam

Harry Mathews (1930-2017) and the New York School of Poets

Very sad news for lovers of the New York School and contemporary literature: the novelist and poet Harry Mathews passed away this week at the age of 86.  Mathews is best-known as an experimental fiction writer who was one of … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, French poetry, Harry Mathews, In Memoriam, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Locus Solus, Raymond Roussel, Uncategorized, William S. Burroughs | 1 Comment

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), Kenneth Koch, and the Island of Hydra

                    Very sad news broke last night that the legendary songwriter, singer, and writer Leonard Cohen had passed away at 82.  Cohen began his career as a daring young Canadian poet … Continue reading

Posted in In Memoriam, Kenneth Koch, Leonard Cohen, Music, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Bill Berkson (1939-2016) and Frank O’Hara: “Bill’s School of New York”

Yesterday brought the very sad news that the poet and art critic Bill Berkson had passed away at the age of 76.  Berkson was of course of central importance to the New York School and its legacy, and over the coming days and months there … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Bill Berkson, David Shapiro, Frank O'Hara, In Memoriam, James Schuyler, Joe LeSueur, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Philip Guston, Pierre Reverdy, Ron Padgett, Uncategorized, Willem de Kooning | 3 Comments

The Time Marisol Got in a Brawl with John Ashbery and Ripped Off Frank O’Hara’s Shirt

As the New York Times reported earlier this week, “Marisol, a Venezuelan-American artist who fused Pop Art imagery and folk art in assemblages and sculptures that, together with her mysterious, Garboesque persona, made her one of the most compelling artists on the New … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Warhol, Frank O'Hara, In Memoriam, Jasper Johns, John Ashbery, Michael Goldberg, Robert Rauschenberg, Uncategorized, Visual Art, Willem de Kooning

Ornette Coleman (1930-2015), Frank O’Hara, Amiri Baraka

This morning brought the sad news that the groundbreaking jazz musician Ornette Coleman has passed away at 85.  There will surely be many obituaries and testimonials to Coleman’s importance and legacy, but I wanted to just note some the important points of … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alfred Leslie, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Frank O'Hara, In Memoriam, Jackson Pollock, Jazz, Music, Ornette Coleman, Vincent Warren | 1 Comment

Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014) and the New York School

Sad news spread through the poetry world  yesterday that the great Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun has passed away at the age of 73. Playful, irreverent, and exuberant, Šalamun’s poetry was deeply influenced by Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, and other … Continue reading

Posted in Bob Perelman, Frank O'Hara, In Memoriam, John Ashbery, NY School Influence, Ted Berrigan, Tomaz Šalamun | 1 Comment

Jane Freilicher (1924-2014) and the Poets of the New York School

This week brought the very sad news that the artist Jane Freilicher has passed away at the age of 90.  Freilicher was, of course, a major, founding figure at the heart of the New York School, who was central to the movement and community … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Katz, Anne Waldman, Barbara Guest, Charles Simic, Event, Fairfield Porter, Frank O'Hara, In Memoriam, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, Joan Mitchell, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Nell Blaine, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Rudy Burkhardt, Visual Art | 2 Comments