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Painters and Poets Together: The Folder Story


Kite Flying Party

Hartigan, Rivers, and O'Hara

"Meditations in an Emergency"

Painters Pay Tribute to Frank O'Hara

Continued Interest in the New York School

Painters and Poets Collaborate

An Explosion of Magazines


Selected Bibliography

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Imagination: The 2006 Syracuse Symposium


Kite Flying Party

John Bernard Myers captured a kite-flying party of the Tibor de Nagy gallery artists in his book Tracking the Marvelous (New York: Random House, 1983) on pages 139 and 140:

The weather was improving [end of March 1952] and Grace [Hartigan] invited about twenty people, all [Tibor de Nagy] gallery artists and her friends, to a kite-making party. The kites were constructed in her Essex Street loft, but the following day they were carried up to Sheep Meadow in Central Park to be sent aloft. The kites, some big and lengthy, others small, were colorful, goofy and beautiful. But when we got to the park the wind began to blow at what seemed hurricane speed. Simply hanging onto the kites became difficult. Still determined to get them in the air, we did our best, only to have them dashed to the ground or blown to bits. All of the kites were ruined. "A real fiasco is what we've got!" yelled Grace. "Let's get out of here." How I wish someone had taken pictures of the mess.

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