Oldenburg and Kaprow were early artist colleagues of Dine’s, involved together with him in the staging of happenings. Samaras, Segal and Whitman were also part of the same crowd. Rauschenberg (an enthusiastic supporter) and Lichtenstein were fellow New York artists involved in the move away from abstract expressionism. Grooms opened a gallery in his studio, and gave Dine and Oldenburg their first show in New York. Dine knew and admired O’Hara, but said that he had “got it all wrong” in his account of Oldenburg, Grooms and himself. Creeley (a friend, like Koch) and Padgett were among his poet collaborators.