Category Archives: Visual Art

Frank O’Hara’s “For Bob Rauschenberg,” on His Birthday

Today is the birthday of the groundbreaking painter Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), who would’ve turned 91 today.  Rauschenberg, who Frank O’Hara once called “the enfant terrible of the New York School,” was of course both a good friend and inspiration to O’Hara, Ashbery, and their circle … Continue reading

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James Schuyler as a Portrait of … Fatherhood?

Because it was Father’s Day yesterday, the cover of a recently published anthology called Stories of Fatherhood (Everyman’s Pocket Classics, 2014) popped up in my feed, and I was immediately struck by the image on the cover and did a double-take.  Here it is: … Continue reading

Posted in Fairfield Porter, James Schuyler, Uncategorized, Visual Art

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 … Continue reading

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

Bernadette Mayer’s “Memory” as an “Everyday-Life Project”

For the past six weeks, Bernadette Mayer’s important early multimedia work Memory has been on display at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago (the exhibition closes on April 27).  In conjunction with the exhibit, the Poetry Foundation hosted an artist’s talk with … 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

An Illustrated Version of Ron Padgett’s “How to Be Perfect” for the New Year

Timed for the New Year, the Paris Review has posted the first ten lines of an illustrated version of Ron Padgett’s poem “How To Be Perfect” under the title “Resolutions.”  The charming illustrations are by the artist Jason Novak:   … Continue reading

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Jean Dubuffet and Frank O’Hara: “You know how wonderful the 20th Century can be”

In this week’s New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl reviews an exhibit currently showing at the American Folk Art Museum in New York called “Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet.”  The show is devoted to Dubuffet‘s large collection of “outsider art” … Continue reading

Posted in Art Exhibit, Frank O'Hara, Jean Dubuffet, MoMA, Vincent Warren, Visual Art