Joe Brainard: A Retrospective

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Constance Lewallen
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Jan 1, 2001 - Art - 156 pages
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Over a period of four decades--from the early 1960s until his death in 1994--artist, writer, and designer Joe Brainard contributed greatly to the arts in a number of media. From his early paintings and assemblages, which built upon the work of Jasper Johns and Joseph Cornell, to his set designs for LeRoi Jone's The Dutchmanand Frank O'Hara's The General Returns from One Place to Another; from his comic book collaborations with various poets, C Comicsand C Comics 2, to his later drawing, collage, painting, and assemblage work, Brainard exemplified the link between avant-garde art, writing, and theater that defined the New York School. In addition to a checklist and bibliographies of work by and about Brainard, this exhibition catalogue includes the artist's published and unpublished writings, as well as interviews and letters. Also included are essays by John Ashbery, Carter Ratcliff, and Constance Lewallen, who chronicles Joe Brainard's formative years in Oklahoma and move to New York City, his involvement with Pop Art, assemblage and painting, and his literary and artistic associations.

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Contents

Acts of Generosity
5
Joe Brainards Quiet Dazzle
49
Am a Painter
71
Copyright

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Constance M. Lewallen is Senior Curator for Exhibitions at tConstance M. Lewallen is Senior Curator for Exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and author ohe Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and author of "Ant Farm, 1968-1978; The Dream of an Audience: Theresa Haf "Ant Farm, 1968-1978; The Dream of an Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), "both from UC Press; "Everything Mak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), "both from UC Press; "Everything Matters: Paul Kos, A Retropective"; and "Joe Brainard: A Retrotters: Paul Kos, A Retropective"; and "Joe Brainard: A Retrospective."Robert Riley, independent curator and writer concespective."Robert Riley, independent curator and writer concentrating on contemporary media and time-based Arts, served antrating on contemporary media and time-based Arts, served as Founding Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museums Founding Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 1986-2000.Robert Storr is a critic, artist, a of Modern Art 1986-2000.Robert Storr is a critic, artist, and Dean of the School of Art at Yale University. Anne Wagnernd Dean of the School of Art at Yale University. Anne Wagner is Professor of Modern Art at the University of California, is Professor of Modern Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley.

John Ashbery was born on July 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia universities and studied in Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship. Initially wishing to be a painter, then a musician, he has had a variety of careers including reference librarian and art critic. In the early 1950s, he was a copywriter with Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill. His collection of poems, Turandot and other Poems, published in 1953, established his reputation as one of the leading American poets of his generation. Ashbery feels strongly influenced by film and other art forms. The abstract expressionist movement in art had a profound effect on his writing style. Frequently termed a philosophical poet, Ashbery's poems often deal with the mind and the connection of the reader. Ashbery has published several volumes of poetry, including Houseboat Days and Flow Chart. Highly regarded by critics, he received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976, all for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. He received the Ambassador Book Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In 2011, he won the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He also writes under the pseudonym Jonas Berry.

Born in Seattle in 1941, Washington, Carter Ratcliff grew up in Michigan and Ohio. In 1963, he earned a B.A. in English from the University of Chicago. By 1967, he had settled in New York. His books on art include John Singer Sargent (Abbeville Press, 1982); Robert Longo (Rizzoli, 1985); The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1996); and Andy Warhol: Portraits (Phaidon Press, 2007).

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