New York

George Schneeman

"Home Plate," 309 East Fifth Street

The small East Village storefront George Schneeman filled with his fresco paintings, ceramics, and homemade furniture perfectly suited the intimate domesticity that marks all his work. A small room crowded with his pieces seemed like an informal homecoming of civilized cousins. The storefront’s location in the parish of St. Marks-in-the-Bowery reinforced Schneeman’s close connection to a part of literary New York, namely its poets. Aside from the quotations, ranging in their sources from Dante to T.S. Eliot, that are painted around the rims of some of his large ceramic platters (with appropriate, illustrative imagery), Schneeman’s work has a close affinity with New York School poetry in that, like such poets as John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, and the late Frank O’Hara, he finds his muse quite at home on lower Second Avenue. The writers’ unassuming Euterpe serves Schneeman well; like theirs,

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