New Acquisition: John Ashbery Collages

October 30, 2019

By Nancy Kuhl

The Beinecke Library has acquired five collages by poet and artist John Ashbery. Detailed information about the collection can be found online here: John Ashbery Collages (YCAL MSS 1229).

The beautiful and compelling works include images and themes that fascinated the poet throughout his writing career including European art, family history, and American popular culture. The collection inlcudes materials donated by John Ashbery’s husband David Kermani.

Read more about John Ashbery’s collages:

Richard Deming, John Ashbery Collages at Tibor de Nagy, Art Forum

Phillip Griffith, John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction, The Brooklyn Rail

Troy Jollimore, You can’t really know John Ashbery’s poems until you’ve seen his collages, Washington Post

John Yau, The Childhood Innocence of John Ashbery’s Art, Hyperallergic

Pictured above: Fjord (1972)

Seaport (1948)


Notre Dame des Neiges (1972)


Fountain (2010)


The Leisure Class (2011)