Frank O’Hara & ‘the Skies of Italy in New York’

The collaboration between Frank O’Hara and Italian artist Mario Schifano is fully realized in the eighteen-page-long Words & Drawings, just published in its entirety in a beautifully designed and printed edition by the Archivio Mario Schifano in Rome. Throughout the book, handwritten words—ranging from intensely lyrical poetic fragments to stray conversational fragments and lists of names—are O’Hara’s, stenciled words are Schifano’s—words that are also drawing. Life has been swallowed by art. The schematic quality of things is not cold, but melancholic.

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