by Ron Padgett
"The Schneeman collaborations are completely unregulated, and they were carried out in free-flowing situations where art and poetry were only part of what was going on." - Carter Ratcliff
Painter Among Poets: The Collaborative Art of George Schneeman is the first retrospective presentation of the wide range of artworks that Schneeman has created with poets over the past thirty-five years. It not only investigates Schneeman's enthusiasm for free-wheeling collaboration, but also considers his work as part of the remarkable modernist tradition of poet/painter collaboration. Always open to spontaneity and engagement, Schneeman encourages poets to contribute visual elements in order to create surprising works that neither artist nor poet could have done alone.
Painter Among Poets offers a behind-the-scenes look at the high-wire process of collaboration as an outgrowth of Schneeman's friendship with poets Bill Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Michael Brownstein, Tom Clark, Edwin Denby, Larry Fagin, Dick Gallup, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Greenwald, Steve Katz, Lewis MacAdams, Alice Notley, Ron Padgett, Harris Schiff, Peter Schjeldahl, Tom Veitch, Anne Waldman, Lewis Warsh, and many others. Twelve of Schneeman's collaborators have contributed personal commentaries and remembrances to Painter Among Poets, which also features an essay by Ratcliff, an extensive conversation between Schneeman and Padgett, and a bibliography.
Beautifully illustrated with sixty-seven color reproductions and twenty-three in black-and-white, Painter Among Poets is an exciting reflection of the beauty, adventure, and energy of the work it documents.