Category Archives: 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 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

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 | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Poems, Ron Padgett, Visual Art

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, Peter Schjeldahl, Vincent Warren, Visual Art

Nick Sturm on Ted Berrigan as Art Critic

There is a great new essay up at Fanzine about Ted Berrigan’s little-known art writing by one of my (now former) graduate students, the terrific poet and scholar Nick Sturm.  For months, Sturm has been scouring the Berrigan archives, turning up fascinating … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alice Neel, Alice Notley, Criticism, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, Visual Art

John Perreault, “Polyartist” of the New York School (1937-2015)

The New York Times reports today that the poet, artist, and art critic John Perreault has passed away, at the age of 78.  In Terence Diggory’s Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets, Perreault is described as “an emblematic figure … Continue reading

Posted in Andy Warhol, Bernadette Mayer, John Ashbery, John Perreault, Kenneth Koch, Visual Art, Vito Acconci

James Merrill and … the New York School?

James Merrill is not often mentioned in the same breath as poets of the New York School. He is usually viewed as a consummate formalist and genteel New England poet, celebrated for his elegant style, refinement, and restraint, who operated at some distance from the … Continue reading

Posted in Frank O'Hara, Herbert Machiz, James Merrill, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, John Bernard Myers, Larry Rivers, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Visual Art

The Collages of John Ashbery and Guy Maddin

John Ashbery has been making collages on the side, as it were, since he was in college, and in recent years, he has begun exhibiting them.  Currently, there is an exhibition at the Tibor de Nagy gallery in New York showcasing collages by … Continue reading

Posted in Art Exhibit, Guy Maddin, John Ashbery, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Visual Art

For Jasper Johns’ Birthday: Frank O’Hara’s “Dear Jap”

Today is the 85th birthday of the painter Jasper Johns.  In honor of that occasion, here is “Dear Jap,” poem Frank O’Hara wrote in 1963 for his friend Johns (who O’Hara called by his nickname, Jap). And here is Jasper … Continue reading

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