Milton Resnick, Poet

Milton Resnick, Straws, 1981, oil on canvas, 80 x 60 inches, courtesy Cheim and
Milton Resnick, Straws, 1981, oil on canvas, 80 x 60 inches, courtesy Cheim and Read

Poet Jerome Rothenberg remembers his encounters with painter Milton Resnick.

"Milton's declaration, right from the start, was that he was a painter who had given up painting in favor of poetry & that he thought that I & my fellow poets should now give up poetry in favor of painting... carrying the intensity he had lavished on painting into a new medium  that of words. That he did it instantly & with equivalent grace & fury astonished me, as did his natural & credible assumption of the poet’s [bardic] voice..."

Milton Resnick, The Elephant in the Room will be on view at Cheim & Read from September 22 - October 29, 2011.