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[Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso Seated on Floor in Conversation, During Filming of "Pull My Daisy", New York City]

Artist:
John Cohen (American, born 1932)
Date:
1959
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
34.4 x 23.3 cm (13 9/16 x 9 3/16 in. )
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.503.2
Rights and Reproduction:
© John Cohen
Not on view
In the late 1950s and early 1960s Cohen photographed many of the leading artists and writers that would come to define the so-called New York School of painting, poetry, and performance-from late night conversations at the Cedar Bar to Lower East Side "Happenings." The pictures he made are less an objective documentation than a spirited collaboration with subjects who believed in erasing all boundaries between art and life. Cohen made this photograph while shooting production stills for Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie's Beat-era classic Pull My Daisy, which was based on a scenario by Jack Kerouac (also the narrator) and starred, among others, the poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso. The two are seen here conversing between takes-an improvised, impassioned dialogue between friends that was like much of what wound up in the finished film.
Inscription: Signed, inscribed, and dated in pencil on verso BC to BR: "John Cohen // ALAN [sic] GINSBERG G. CORSO PULL MY DAISY 1959 PRINT MID 1960's"; artist's stamp in purple ink, verso BR: "John Cohen // Rd. 1 Tompkins Corners // Putnam Valley, NY 10579"; inscribed in the hand of Deborah Bell above artist's inscription, verso BC: "(Allen (DB) )"
Deborah Bell Gallery

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