‘A Painter and His Poets’: ‘The Art of George Schneeman’

George_SchneemanPoggio di Poderino,” from 2003, by George Schneeman.
Credit Estate of George Schneeman, Poets House.

Poets House, 10 River Terrace, at Murray Street, Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan. Through Sept. 20.

Artists’ artists make up a highly select category. Poets’ artists occupy an even narrower niche, and George Schneeman (1934-2009) filled it completely. Born in Minnesota, Schneeman was himself a poet before he turned to art. He began painting seriously in the late 1950s while stationed in the Army in Italy. And although he returned to Italy often, he spent most of his life in the East Village, where his closest friends, constant collaborators and frequent sitters were poets of the post-Frank O’Hara New York School.

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