Walt Whitman’s Birthday (Suit)

[Walt Whitman (1819-1892) ? – photographed by Thomas Eakins c. 1885]

That the above images (from Eakins’ studio) of a nude elderly man are authentic images of the “good grey bard”, poet Walt Whitman, was first argued by Ed Folsom in the Spring 1994 issue of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. Since then, there have been some fairly convincing refutations (see William Innes Homer – “Whitman, Eakins and the Naked Truth” in the Summer 1997 edition of the same journal), but, well, look again – we do know he (Walt) was a friend of Eakins (even sat for him
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Walt Whitman’s Birthday (Suit)

[Walt Whitman (1819-1892) ? – photographed by Thomas Eakins c. 1885]

That the above images (from Eakins’ studio) of a nude elderly man are authentic images of the “good grey bard”, poet Walt Whitman, was first argued by Ed Folsom in the Spring 1994 issue of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. Since then, there have been some fairly convincing refutations (see William Innes Homer – “Whitman, Eakins and the Naked Truth” in the Summer 1997 edition of the same journal), but, well, look again – we do know he (Walt) was a friend of Eakins (even sat for him … Read More

Peter Orlovsky – One Year On

[Peter Orlovsky grave marker at Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO. Poem excerpt on marker reads: Train will tug my grave, my breath hueing gentil vapor bewteen weel & track (Snail Poem, from Clean Asshole Poems & Smiling Vegetable Songs) Peter Orlovsky – Ocean of Generosity 1933-2010]

[Peter Orlovksy, 1010 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, Spring 1955. Photo. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Seems strange to note, today, one year since his passing. Gone but not forgotten. Dear Peter.

If you’d not seen it before, here is Steve Silberman’s Shambhala Sun article, “Impossible Happiness: An Elegy for Peter Orlovsky
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Peter Orlovsky – One Year On

[Peter Orlovsky grave marker at Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO. Poem excerpt on marker reads: Train will tug my grave, my breath hueing gentil vapor bewteen weel & track (Snail Poem, from Clean Asshole Poems & Smiling Vegetable Songs) Peter Orlovsky – Ocean of Generosity 1933-2010]

[Peter Orlovksy, 1010 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, Spring 1955. Photo. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Seems strange to note, today, one year since his passing. Gone but not forgotten. Dear Peter.

If you’d not seen it before, here is Steve Silberman’s Shambhala Sun article, “Impossible Happiness: An Elegy for Peter Orlovsky
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Harry Smith

“Harry Smith's Birthday Party” by Allen Ginsberg, 1998.Allen Ginsberg – Harry Smith’s Birthday Party, 1996-7. 2 color lithograph and screenprint, 32 1/4 x 24 1/2]

Harry Everett Smith (1923-1991), Harry Smith was born on this day.
Here‘s the footage of Harry accepting his Grammy, it’s a touching moment. Here‘s more typical Harry – “Boy, Am I In Trouble! “. Here are some of the masterpieces he’s justly famous for – Mirror Animations 1957 (from Early Abstractions 1946-57) and this excerpt from his Heaven and Earth Magic. Heck, why not watch the whole thing (and his remarkable Late Superimpositions too) over here on the
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Harry Smith

“Harry Smith's Birthday Party” by Allen Ginsberg, 1998.Allen Ginsberg – Harry Smith’s Birthday Party, 1996-7. 2 color lithograph and screenprint, 32 1/4 x 24 1/2]

Harry Everett Smith (1923-1991), Harry Smith was born on this day.
Here‘s the footage of Harry accepting his Grammy, it’s a touching moment. Here‘s more typical Harry – “Boy, Am I In Trouble! “. Here are some of the masterpieces he’s justly famous for – Mirror Animations 1957 (from Early Abstractions 1946-57) and this excerpt from his Heaven and Earth Magic. Heck, why not watch the whole thing (and his remarkable Late Superimpositions too) over here on the
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George Condo – Condo Painting

George Condo in his Paris apartment, December 1994, portrait of Ginsberg in the background was used as the cover to Ginsberg’s Selected Poems: 1947-1995.[George Condo in his Paris apartment, December 1994, portrait of Ginsberg in the background was used as the cover to Ginsberg’s Selected Poems 1947-1995. Photo: c. The Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Cover of: Selected Poems by Allen Ginsberg
[George Condo cover for Allen Ginsberg – Selected Poems 1947-1995, HarperCollins, 1996]
Mental States, George Condo‘s first retrospective exhibition (which took place at the New Museum in New York City) closed earlier this month. Holland Carter, writing in the New York Times, gave it a “thumbs-up”, describing it as simply “sensational”.
Condo, is of course the artist who drew and painted Allen on a number of occasions
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George Condo – Condo Painting

George Condo in his Paris apartment, December 1994, portrait of Ginsberg in the background was used as the cover to Ginsberg’s Selected Poems: 1947-1995.[George Condo in his Paris apartment, December 1994, portrait of Ginsberg in the background was used as the cover to Ginsberg’s Selected Poems 1947-1995. Photo: c. The Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Cover of: Selected Poems by Allen Ginsberg
[George Condo cover for Allen Ginsberg – Selected Poems 1947-1995, HarperCollins, 1996]
Mental States, George Condo‘s first retrospective exhibition (which took place at the New Museum in New York City) closed earlier this month. Holland Carter, writing in the New York Times, gave it a “thumbs-up”, describing it as simply “sensational”.
Condo, is of course the artist who drew and painted Allen on a number of occasions
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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 27

Some up-dates and commentary.
More Lew Welch – Passing quietly, a few days back, the anniversary of Lew Welch’s disappearance. Here’s a thoughtful piece from the local papers.
More Ira Cohen – Here’s Indra Tamang, Romy Ashby, and Nina Zivancevic, on their friend, Ira. Nina: “Ira had never liked Allen Ginsberg, whom I adored, because he acquired more fame than he (Ira) did, in many ways. Allen had fame but he had no children. The last time I saw the latter he said how much he envied Ira for having sons; I was on the verge … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 27

Some up-dates and commentary.
More Lew Welch – Passing quietly, a few days back, the anniversary of Lew Welch’s disappearance. Here’s a thoughtful piece from the local papers.
More Ira Cohen – Here’s Indra Tamang, Romy Ashby, and Nina Zivancevic, on their friend, Ira. Nina: “Ira had never liked Allen Ginsberg, whom I adored, because he acquired more fame than he (Ira) did, in many ways. Allen had fame but he had no children. The last time I saw the latter he said how much he envied Ira for having sons; I was on the verge … Read More