Joe Brainard

Joe Brainard, December 31, 1986  – photo by Allen Ginsberg

Yesterday we celebrated Ted Berrigan. Today we celebrate his friend, the Tulsa-born artist and author, Joe Brainard.

It’s a particularly timely occasion to be celebrating Joe. Some time in the making, John Yau‘s profusely-illustrated extended monograph on him – Joe Brainard, the Art of the Personal, – “the first major publication in twenty years on the prodigious and innovative work of this beloved twentieth-century New York multimedia artist and poet, whose work in collage and assemblage transformed the ordinary into the beautiful” – has just recently appeared.

Simultaneously in New York, there is a fresh and wide-ranging and delightful show at his dealer’s gallery, the Tibor de Nagy Gallery

and, if that weren’t enough, Joe’s there prominently uptown at the Guggenheim at the Alex Katz retrospective

Joe Brainard cut-out at the Alex Katz NYC “Gathering” exhibition – photo: Nick Sturm

For Joe on The Allen Ginsberg Project – see also our recent posting – here 

More photos of Joe by Allen:

Here’s Joe on the street with Philip Whalen

and Joe with his dear friend, Anne Waldman

This book’s essential (& from the Library of America, no less):

and, of course, it includes this:

More highlights from Joe’s current Tibor de Nagy show. If you’re anywhere near New York, don’t miss it:

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