Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara was born in Baltimore in 1926 and grew up in Grafton, Massachusetts. From 1951 until his untimely death in 1966 he lived in New York City, and worked for both Art News and the Museum of Modem Art, where he was an associate curator. During this period, O'Hara evolved a new kind of urban poetry that brilliantly captures the heady excitements of a golden period in the city's artistic life. He was at the heart of a vibrant artistic circle that embraced fellow New York School poets John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch and James Schuyler, as well as experimental painters such as Willem de Kooning, Larry Rivers, and Jasper Johns.