Tag Archives: Happenings

Robert Rauschenberg

The property “Robert Rauschenberg worked in a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, prints, photography, and performance, over the span of six decades. He emerged on the American art scene at the time that Abstract Expressionism was dominant, and … Continue reading

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Allan Kaprow

“Allan Kaprow (August 23, 1927 – April 5, 2006) was an American painter, assemblagist and a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art. He helped to develop the ‘Environment‘ and ‘Happening‘ in the late 1950s and 1960s, as well … Continue reading

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Emmett Grogan

“Emmett Grogan (born Eugene Leo Grogan, November 28, 1942 – April 6, 1978) was a founder of the Diggers, a radical community-action group of Improvisational actors in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. The Diggers took their name from the … Continue reading

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Fairfield Porter

The Table On the Porch (1971) Respect For Things As They Are by John Ashbery: “In his introduction to Fairfield Porter‘s posthumous collection of art criticism, Art in Its Own Terms, Rackstraw Downes quotes a remark Fairfield Porter made during … Continue reading

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Black Mountain, Intermedia, Deep Image, Ethnopoetics

Robert Creeley and Dan Rice at Black Mountain College, 1955. “Among the several streams which made up the New American Poetry was a group known as the Black Mountain poets, so named for the experimental college in North Carolina where … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Artistic Correspondence Through Collage: Ray Johnson and William S. Wilson

Ray Johnson’s Silhouette Profiles “Paul Valéry once described poetry as ‘abrupt returns of the fruit to the wild state.’ That description can also be applied to artist Ray Johnson—both the man and art. One of the most quietly consequential figures in … Continue reading

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New York: 1962-1964

“A historical exhibition aims to show us past life, but sometimes the retrospective becomes reflective, a two-way mirror seeing through to the present. So it is with New York 1962–1964 at The Jewish Museum, certainly at the moment our fair … Continue reading

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Frank Stella, Tahkt-I-Sulayman Variation II, 1969. “In visual arts, music and other media, minimalism is an art movement that began in post–World War II in Western art, most strongly with American visual arts in the 1960s and early 1970s. Prominent … Continue reading

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The History of the East Village’s Cedar Tavern

Jackson Pollock, Alchemy, 1947 “It was, in other words, the primary hangout for the avant-garde. Such was its reputation, that it formed the setting of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1987 novel Bluebeard, as the hub where his fictional hero Rabo Karebekian held … Continue reading

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Poems Collected at Les Deux Mégots/Poets at Le Metro

Poets at Le Metro 19 (December 1964). “During the 1950s, East Tenth Street between Third and Fourth Avenues housed a number of art galleries exhibiting the most advanced art in America on a street that until then had been occupied … Continue reading

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