Thanks to A Continuous Lean I was redirected to this amazing archival video of Frank O’Hara via one of my new favorite blogs Vanishing New York. O’Hara is one of those foundation artists for me, one that I can always return to whenever I need to recapture the feeling of why I wanted to move to New York or even more importantly why I want to be a writer. His work is intellectual and informed but also casual and concerned with the beauty found in the every day world. The New York I imagine him living in – with writers, artists and filmmakers sharing drinks and studio visits, calling each other up on the phone and working together on projects with no goal of money – might be idealized but it never stops being an inspiration.
My wife found this amazing book recently when we were in Amagansett, produced by MoMA New York (where O’Hara worked for several years) that pairs his poems with work from their private collection. A very nice addition to our library.