John Ashbery

New Collages

December 15, 2016 - January 28, 2017

Birthday Whoopee, 2016

Birthday Whoopee, 2016
collage on paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches

 

The Pause that Refreshes, 2016

The Pause that Refreshes, 2016
collage on paper
11 x 8 1/4 inches

The Checkered Game of Life – for Joe Brainard, 2016

The Checkered Game of Life – for Joe Brainard, 2016
collage on paper
17 3/4 x 17 1/2 inches

Storm at Castelfranco, 2016

Storm at Castelfranco, 2016
collage on paper
12 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches

Splendors of the Deep, 2016

Splendors of the Deep, 2016
collage on paper
17 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

Salle d'Attente, 2016

Salle d'Attente, 2016
collage on paper
14 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches

Popeye Steps Out – for Joe Brainard, 2016

Popeye Steps Out – for Joe Brainard, 2016
collage on paper
17 1/4 x 24 1/2 inches

Le Concert, 2016

Le Concert, 2016
collage on paper
8 x 10 1/4 inches

Fabergé Breakfast, 2016

Fabergé Breakfast, 2016
collage on paper
16 x 11 1/2 inches

Departure Mode, 2016

Departure Mode, 2016
collage on paper
4 3/4 x 6 inches

Big Stamps, 2016

Big Stamps, 2016
collage on paper
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

A Dream of Heroes, 2015

A Dream of Heroes, 2015
mixed media collage
15 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches

To the City, 2016

To the City, 2016
mixed media collage
11 x 8 1/2 inches

Pie in the Sky, 2016

Pie in the Sky, 2016
mixed media collage
11 x 8 3/4 inches

Still Life, 2016

Still Life, 2016
mixed media collage
11 x 8 1/2 inches

Press Release


The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new collages by John Ashbery who is considered to be one of the most important contemporary poets. This is Ashbery’s fifth gallery exhibition since his solo debut here in 2008.

Ashbery started making collages as an undergraduate at Harvard. His approach to poetry and collage is very much the same. In an Ashbery poem, the sentences and phrases accumulate into abstract “collages” that can’t easily be paraphrased or explained. The collages and poems both have surprising, and sometimes humorous juxtapositions and references to popular culture.

Ashbery was fascinated in his youth by the collage novels of Max Ernst and the partially collaged Cubist paintings of Picasso and Braque. Influenced by such collage giants as Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell, and more directly, Joe Brainard, Ashbery’s work combines equal doses of art historical and contemporary pop culture references.

The new collages are more inventive and confidently his own than ever before. At 89, Ashbery continues to explore the collage medium, pushing the imagery into increasingly amorphous shapes with unexpected and often humorous juxtapositions, in much the same way that he has consistently pushed the boundaries of poetry. Rizzoli is currently planning a future publication which will be dedicated to Ashbery’s collage work.