Category Archives: Art I Like

Poems by Frank O’Hara transcribed by Ted Berrigan coming to us via Kenny Angel: The End Of The Far West

  Kenny Angel gave me a copy of The End Of The Far West, a collection of poems by Frank O’Hara that Ted Berrigan transcribed and mimeographed in 1974 with front and back cover art by Alice Notley. These poems were not published in Frank […]

Billie Holiday by Carl Van Vechten

In March of 1949—not sure of the day—Billie Holiday showed up for a photo shoot at Carl Van Vechten’s. She was told to wear a gown, but wore a grey dress. Her mood, we are told, was also grey. Van Vechten tried to coax her […]

Twelve Postcards

  I like making things, and since my husband Akram’s drawings often fit my poems perfectly, I’ve made postcards out of them. In the time of an inundating Internet and a pandemic, postcards are something physical that a friend has taken the time to write […]

A Dozen Paintings by Emily Carr (1931-35)

I wonder if, when Emily Carr went as a young woman to study painting in Paris in 1910, she might have read the sonnet, Vers dorés, by Gérard de Nerval that ends: Souvent dans l’être obscur habite un Dieu caché;Et, comme un oeil naissant couvert […]

Judith Braun: Drawing While Listening

… … From the very first time I saw the art of Judith Braun, I’ve loved it. Though it changes, the remarkable meditative quality remains. Here are a few from the month of May, from her “Drawing While Listening” series. She isn’t telling what she’s […]

The Art of Nicole Peyrafitte

… The thing about a performance is that when it is over, it is over, and if you were not there to experience it, then it’s been missed, but this is not so with Nicole Peyrafitte. I saw her do a performance piece at the […]

Marcel Duchamp at MoMA: Anémic Cinéma

… I was almost caught by a guard filming. You can take photos but no videos. I think like in an old Greek myth, when a god comes, the spirit of Duchamp made me invisible as I held the phone still as a statue. … […]

Sujay Sarkar, drawings and photos from Bangladesh

… Sujay Sarkar is 19 years old and from Barisal, Bangladesh. He helps to edit a little magazine called Tonga. I liked his drawings and photographs when I saw them on Facebook. He says, “I don’t know what I want to do! I do whatever […]

Woodcuts by Francisco Toledo

… Intense, scary, personal, sensual, funny, obscene, off-putting, the work of Francisco Toledo conjures all of those adjectives, and often at the same time, as the observer goes from one moment to the next, back and forth, again and again experiencing them. My attraction was […]

Summer Paintings by Joan Eardley

… I am not sure if these are all really summer paintings, but they all seem to have summer in them. The artist Robert Rhodes introduced me to Joan Eardley; I knew nothing about her—still don’t know a lot—but I find it interesting that she […]

from Nombres de las iguanas por Francisco Toledo

… From Nombres de las iguanas by Francisco Toledo, a book I have of his work without titles, dates, methods or materials, but from 1974 – 2001. Use your imagination; the artist certainly did. Francisco Toledo (1940 – 2019). Descansa en paz. … … … […]

Basil King reads The Green Man Comes to 4th Street, Numbers 1 to 7

… When I was visiting Basil and Martha King recently, BAZ took me upstairs to his studio to see what he has been working on since January, a series called The Green Man Comes to 4th Street, engaging portraits with intense gazes that look at […]