Alice Neel

Alice Neel, Frank O'Hara, 1960. Oil on canvas. 33 3/4 x 16 x 1 in. (85.7 x 40.6 x 2.5 cm). Gift of Hartley S. Neel.


** Update: November 25, 2011***

Image above via HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.  November 18, 2011–February 12, 2012.

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***January 6, 2011***

Frank O'Hara no 2, 1960, Oil on canvas, 38 x 24 inches.

Image above via David Zwirner, New York.

My Heart

I’m not going to cry all the time
nor shall I laugh all the time,
I don’t prefer one “strain” to another.
I’d have the immediacy of a bad movie,
not just a sleeper, but also the big,
overproduced first-run kind. I want to be
at least as alive as the vulgar. And if
some aficionado of my mess says “That’s
not like Frank!”, all to the good! I
don’t wear brown and grey suits all the time,
do I? No. I wear workshirts to the opera,
often. I want my feet to be bare,
I want my face to be shaven, and my heart–
you can’t plan on the heart, but
the better part of it, my poetry, is open.

–Frank O’Hara

  From The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara

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