Joe Brainard - The Nancy Book Hardcover – 30 Apr 2008
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There is a playfulness and joy that is impossible to deny in these pieces, and a deep satisfaction in watching Brainard create his personal iconography from elements at hand.--Matt Carney "The Improbable "
About the Author
Joe Brainard (1942-1994) left Tulsa at eighteen for New York City and soon became a part of the thriving downtown art scene and the New York School of poets and painters. Over his career, Brainard created a prodigious body of work, distinguished by its breadth, originality, and rare alchemy of sensuality and precision, sophistication and sweetness. Admired for his writing as well as his visual art, Brainard wrote the legendary and beloved memoir I REMEMBER, which was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Paul Auster and inspired George Perec's Je me souviens. Brainard's drawings, assemblages, collages, and paintings are in private and museum collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of America Art, and a major travelling retrospective was organized by the Berkeley Art Museum in 2001 and included a stop at MOMA P.S 1.
Bill Berkson is a poet, art critic and professor of art history at the San Francisco Art Institute. Of his eleven books and pamphlets of poetry, the most recent are Lush Life (Z Press) and Start Over (Tombouctou). He is a corresponding editor for Art in America and a regular contributor to Modern Painters, American Craft and other magazines. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Ted Berrigan (1934-1983) was the author of more than 20 books, including "The Sonnets "(1964); "Bean Spasms, "with Ron Padgett and Joe Brainard (1967); "Red Wagon "(1976); and "A Certain Slant of Sunlight "(1988). Alice Notley is the editor of two of Ted Berrigan's books, "The Sonnets "(2000) and "A Certain Slant of Sunlight "(1988). She is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including "Mysteries of Small Houses "(1998) and "Disobedience "(2001). Anselm Berrigan is the director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project and the author of "Zero Star Hotel "(2002). Edmund Berrigan is a poet and songwriter and the author of "Disarming Matter "(1999).
Robert Creeley (1926 2005) published more than sixty books of poetry, prose, essays, and interviews in the United States and abroad. His many honors included the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, the Frost Medal, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Distinguished Professor in the Graduate Program in Literary Arts at Brown University. Benjamin Friedlander is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maine, is author of "Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism" among other books. He coedited "The Collected Prose of Charles Olson" (UC Press) with Donald Allen.
Ann Lauterbach is the author of eight collections of poetry, including If in Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000, and a collection of essays, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience. She has taught at Brooklyn College, Columbia, Iowa, Princeton, and at the City College of New York and Graduate Center of CUNY. Since 1991 she has been Director of Writing in the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College, where she has been, since 1999, Ruth and David Schwab II Professor of Languages and Literature. Lauterbach was the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1993. She lives in Germantown, New York.
Ron Padgett is a celebrated translator, memoirist, and "a thoroughly American poet, coming sideways out of Whitman, Williams, and New York Pop with a Tulsa twist" (Peter Gizzi). His poetry has been translated into more than a dozen languages and has appeared in The Best American Poetry, The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, The Oxford Book of American Poetry, and on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. He was also a guest on Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion in 2009. Padgett is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and his most recent books include HOW LONG, HOW TO BE PERFECT, JOE: A MEMOIR OF JOE BRAINARD, and IF I WERE YOU. Born in Oklahoma, he lives in New York City and Calais, Vermont.