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Joe Brainard (1941–1994) was an American artist and writer of the 1960s New York School (an informal group of American artists active in the late 1950s & 1960s in New York City). Postmodern by nature, his work has a certain affinity with early Pop Art. Brainard’s work transformed the everyday into something revelatory. His prodigious and innovative body of work included assemblages, collages, drawing and painting, as well as designs for book and album covers, theatrical sets and costumes. Brainard moved to New York City in the early 1960s, he quickly met a galaxy of literary and artistic stars who became his friends, such as Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch, Alex Katz, James Schuyler, Larry Rivers, Fairfield Porter, Andy Warhol, John Ashbery, Jasper Johns, as well as younger poets later associated with the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, such as Anne Waldman & Tom Clark. The breakthrough moment for Joe came when Larry Rivers picked him as a companion artist for a group show. His work is now held in the Permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Yale University Art Museum and many other major institutions. Brainard’s writings fall into several categories: memoir, diaries, Pop Art, short essays, and verbal-visual collaborations with himself. His I Remember has been described by Paul Auster as “a masterpiece . . . one of the few totally original books I have ever read,” a judgement shared by the many admirers.

Description: Paperback copy. Peach colored paper wrappers with title in navy blue. Designed by Ron Padgett. This is a collection of nearly fifty of the late Joe Brainard’s poems, essays, musings, and diary entries dating from between 1969 and 1971. Some minor damp staining, and sunning to spine edge. Wear to wrappers, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight. A scarce early book of Brainard’s writings!

Bookseller Inventory #008730


Selected Writings 1962 – 1971
Brainard, Joe

Publisher: The Kulchur Foundation
Publication Date: 1971
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

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