Barbara Guest

1920 (Wilmington, N.C.) – 2006 (Berkeley, Calif.)

Miller suggested she move to New York (bedbugs and all). O’Hara was a particularly close and supportive friend among the poets of the so-called New York School; Schuyler, Ashbery and Koch were other friends on this scene. Both Schuyler and O’Hara had been met while she was writing for Art News. H. D. (Doolittle) became the subject of a much-praised biography, after they’d met at a party — Guest’s husband however had known her much better. Frankenthaler, Hartigan and Brainard were all friends and collaborators (she was strongly drawn to Hartigan’s painting). Riding commented on the sense of ease she created.