Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Alex Katz, born 27 Jul 1927  Search this
John Ashbery, 28 Jul 1927 - 3 Sep 2017  Search this
Oil on cut-out aluminum
139.9 × 40.3 × 0.3 cm (55 1/16 × 15 7/8 × 1/8")
Base: 37.5 × 45.7 × 38.1 cm (14 3/4 × 18 × 15")
Exhibition Label:
In 2007, John Ashbery celebrated his eightieth birthday by publishing his twenty-third book of poetry, as vital and engaged a poet as when he graduated from Harvard University in 1949. Ashbery was part of the enormously creative group of American poets who came of age after World War II; among his peers were Frank O'Hara, Barbara Guest, and Kenneth Koch. As a student, Ashbery wanted to be a painter. His poetry parallels developments in painting, with his long, sinuous lines of verse and the freshness of his language echoing the experiments of both abstract expressionism and pop art. Comfortable with combining genres from surrealism to advertising copy, Ashbery shows an overarching interest in maintaining the Romantic tradition in modern times. He has won all the major literary and poetry awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975).
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
John Ashbery: Male  Search this
John Ashbery: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
John Ashbery: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Art  Search this
John Ashbery: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
John Ashbery: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Gift of Ian M. and Annette P. Cumming
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1984 Alex Katz / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery