“Althought it lasted only twenty-three years (1933-1956) and enrolled fewer than 1,200 students, Black Mountain College was one of the most fabled experimental institutions in art education and practice. Faculty members included Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Ilya Bolotowsky, John Cage, Harry Callahan, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Walter Gropius, Clement Greenberg, Lou Harrison, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Roger Sessions, Ben Shahn, Aaron Siskind, Esteban Vicente, and Stefan Wolpe. Among their students were Ruth Asawa, John Chamberlain, Ray Johnson, Kenneth Noland, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Rockburne, Cy Twombly, and Susan Weil. Literature teachers included Robert Creely, Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, and M.C. Richards, with students Fielding Dawson, Ed Dorn, Francine du Plessix Gray, Joel Oppenheimer, Arthur Penn, John Weiners, and Jonathan Williams. This book, the paperback edition of a milestone work that has been unavailable for several years documents the short but influential life of Black Mountain College”
Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, critic, editor, and curator. He is the author of eleven books of poetry, two books of translation, and his criticism has been published in numerous books, catalogues, and journals. He is the author of The Complete Elegies Of Sextus Propertius (Princeton, 2004) and Alcuni Telefonini (Granary Books, 2008), a collaboration with painter Francesco Clemente. He is the publisher of the poetry and arts journal VANITAS and of Libellum books. He curates the Readings In Contemporary Poetry series at Dia Chelsea in New York. He lives in New York City and teaches in the MFA Program in Art Criticism and Writing at the School of Visual Arts.