(1936 – 2019), USA

John Giorno Biography

American poet and performance artist, John Giorno, is considered a leading figure of the Beat Generation, a group of American post-World War II writers who came to prominence in the 1950s through the cultural phenomena that they both documented and inspired. Born in New York in 1936, Giorno graduated from Columbia University in 1958. He briefly worked as a stockbroker in New York before meeting Andy Warhol in 1962. The pair became lovers and Warhol remained an important influence for Giorno’s developments on poetry, performance and recordings.

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Further inspired by subsequent relationships with Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, Giorno began applying Pop Art techniques of appropriation of found imagery to his poetry, producing The American Book of the Dead in 1964. That same year, he began applying cut up and montage techniques to found texts. His first audio poem piece of this sort was played at the Paris Museum of Modern Art Biennale in 1965. He founded the not-for-profit production company, Giorno Poetry Systems, and organized a number of multimedia poetry experiments and events, including Dial-A-Poem. In 1970, his Dial-A-Poem installation at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, connected words and images to confront audiences with poetry in different contexts.

In 2008, the first career-spanning collection of Giorno’s poems, Subduing Demons in America: Selected Poems 1962-2007, was published. His first solo show, Black Paintings and Drawings, was held at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York in 2012. Giorno is an AIDS activist and fundraiser, and a long-time practitioner of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

John Giorno Featured Artworks

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SPACE MIRRORS MIND by John Giorno contemporary artwork sculpture
John Giorno SPACE MIRRORS MIND, 2022 Glacial granite, engraved
80 x 140 x 64 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
A hurricane in a drop of cum by John Giorno contemporary artwork works on paper
John Giorno A hurricane in a drop of cum, 2015 Enamel on linen
102 x 102 cm
Unit London Contact Gallery
LIVING IN YOUR EYES by John Giorno contemporary artwork painting
John Giorno LIVING IN YOUR EYES, 2019 Oil on linen
141 x 141.3 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
A HURRICANE IN A DROP OF CUM by John Giorno contemporary artwork painting
John Giorno A HURRICANE IN A DROP OF CUM, 2015 Enamel on linen
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH MY MIND by John Giorno contemporary artwork painting
John Giorno SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH MY MIND, 2018 Gloss enamel on canvas
141.3 x 141 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
SIT IN MY HEART AND SMILE by John Giorno contemporary artwork painting
John Giorno SIT IN MY HEART AND SMILE, 2019 Oil on linen
141 x 141.6 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
NOW AT THE DAWN OF MY LIFE by John Giorno contemporary artwork painting
John Giorno NOW AT THE DAWN OF MY LIFE, 2019 Acrylic and primed linen
142.2 x 141.6 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
WHEN THE GOING GETS ROUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GORGEOUS by John Giorno contemporary artwork print
John Giorno WHEN THE GOING GETS ROUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GORGEOUS, 1989 Silkscreen on vinyl
121.9 x 121.9 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery

John Giorno Recent & Recent Exhibitions

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John Giorno Represented By

Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium
Almine Rech Aspen, Brussels, London, New York, Paris +1
Galerie Eva Presenhuber contemporary art gallery in Maag Areal, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Eva Presenhuber New York, Vienna, Zurich

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