Installation view, Albers, Lustig Cohen, Tissi, 1958-2018, photo by Jason Mandella Photography
Installation view, Albers, Lustig Cohen, Tissi, 1958-2018, photo by Jason Mandella Photography

The goals of Pratt Manhattan Gallery are to present significant innovative and intellectually challenging work in the fields of art, architecture, fashion, and design from around the world and to provide a range of educational initiatives to help viewers relate contemporary art to their lives in a meaningful way. 

144 West 14th Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10011 

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Monday–Saturday 11–6, Thursday until 8
Closed on federal holidays and between exhibitions

The Pratt Manhattan Gallery is closed on Sundays and the following building holidays in 2018:
January 15 (Martin Luther King)
May 28 (Memorial Day)
July 4 (Independence Day)
September 3 (Labor Day)
October 8 (Columbus Day)
November 22–25 (Thanksgiving)
December 21, 2018–January 1, 2019 (Winter Break)

Admission is free.


John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction

Curated by Antonio Sergio Bessa

September 21–November 14, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, September 20, 6–8 PM

The prolific collage work that John Ashbery produced over the last decade of his life is remarkable because it allows new insights into the creative process of one of America's most reticent poets. But what many saw as a poet's late foray into the visual arts was, in reality, a return to an early vocation that somehow morphed into complex hybrids. Composition, whether with images or words, was Ashbery's métier and collage had been his technique of choice since the beginning of his career as a poet. The mixing of visual arts and literature was also a distinctive trait in the works of authors that have been of central interest to Ashbery, namely French writer Raymond Roussel, and American outsider artist Henry Darger. Ashbery, like Roussel and Darger, conveyed narrative through the juxtaposition of seemingly random imagery that left to the reader the task of filling the gaps and making connections.

Presenting over one hundred and twenty collages and archival material, John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction is the most comprehensive exhibition of Ashbery’s visual art to date. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog and public programs.

Work by John Ashbery

Image: John Ashbery, Bingo Beethoven, 2014, collage on vintage Bingo board, 8 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches. © Estate of John Ashbery. Courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

Media Alert

Manhattan Gallery

Reading Collage: Poets and Artists on The Construction of Fiction

November 1, 2018 at 5:30–7 PM

In conjunction with the Pratt Manhattan Gallery exhibition John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction, the Pratt Manhattan Gallery and Pratt Writing Department will present this discussion of poetry as collage and the work of John Ashbery (1927-2017) as poet and visual artist. Organized by Professor Rachel Levitsky.

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Image: Installation of view of John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction. Photo by Jason Mandella Photography