by Ron Padgett and Yu Jian
SEPT 2018 | Poetry
Ron Padgett’s How Long was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry and his Collected Poems won the LA Times Prize for the best poetry book of 2014 and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. His translations include Zone: Selected Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire and, with Wang Ping, Yu Jians Flash Cards. Padgett has collaborated with artists Jim Dine, George Schneeman, Joe Brainard, Bertrand Dorny, Trevor Winkfield, and Alex Katz. Seven of his poems were used in Jim Jarmusch’s film, Paterson.
Yu Jian, born in 1954 in Kunming, China, is a poet, author, and documentary film director. He is a major figure among The Third Generation Poets that came after the Misty Poetry movement of the early 1980s. Anthology of Works is a five-volume collection of his poems and essays 1975-2000. His work has been translated into English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Danish, and Japanese. Zephyr Press/Jintian published his Flash Cards, translated by Wang Ping and Ron Padgett.
by Tom McGlynn
SEPT 2018 | ArtSeen
The quotidian fortune of being bull’s-eyed by a bird letting loose from on high supposedly augurs good luck, a sign that the splat was a chance operation. The deeper magic, of course, is that both pedestrian and the bird exist within a universal plane of consistency that somehow purposefully unites the bird’s flight with the walker’s groundedness. This may seem an odd analogy with which to introduce the prodigious sequence of painterly operations brought into intentional coincidence by Alex Katz over his long professional lifetime, yet it does concur with his stated notion of getting at a sense of “figure-in-ground” in his work.