Poetry. Art. Collage. Edited by Antonio Sergio Bessa. Presenting over one hundred and twenty collages and archival material, JOHN ASHBERY: THE CONSTRUCTION OF FICTION is the most comprehensive catalog of John Ashbery's prolific collage work produced alongside his illustrious poetic career. Composition, whether with images or words, was Ashbery's métier and collage became a major strategy since the beginning of his career as a poet. Through collage, Ashbery suggested narrative through the juxtaposition of seemingly random imagery that left to the reader the task of filling the gaps and making connections.
Antonio Sergio Bessa is the Director of Curatorial and Educational Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and a scholar of concrete poetry. His essays have been published in several anthologies, including Öyvind Fahlström (Ord & Bild, 1998), Architectures of Poetry (Rodopi, 2004), The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound (University of Chicago Press, 2009), Poetry Goes Visual (Weserburg Museum, 2012), and Specters of Artaud (Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2012). He is the author of Öyvind Fahlström: The Art of Writing (Northwestern University Press, 2009), and editor of Novas: Selected Writings of Haroldo de Campos (Northwestern University Press, 2007) and Mary Ellen Solt: Toward a Theory of Concrete Poetry (OEI, 2010).Author City: BRONX, NY USA