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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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John Giorno

b. 1936, USA

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.

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.

Featured Artworks

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CHACUN EST UNE DECEPTION TOTALE by John Giorno contemporary artwork
John GiornoCHACUN EST UNE DECEPTION TOTALE, 2015 Screenprint and enamel on linen
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Almine Rech
THANX 4 NOTHING by John Giorno contemporary artwork
John GiornoTHANX 4 NOTHING, 2015 Screenprint and enamel on linen
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Almine Rech
BAD NEWS IS ALWAYS TRUE by John Giorno contemporary artwork
John GiornoBAD NEWS IS ALWAYS TRUE, 2015 Screenprint and enamel on linen
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Almine Rech
LIFE IS A KILLER by John Giorno contemporary artwork
John GiornoLIFE IS A KILLER, 2015 Screenprint and enamel on linen
101.6 x 101.6 cm (incl frame)
Almine Rech
GOD IS MAN MADE by John Giorno contemporary artwork
John GiornoGOD IS MAN MADE, 2015 Screenprint and enamel on linen
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Almine Rech
RED WITCH MADE OF RUBY WITH A VOLUPTUOUS BODY by John Giorno contemporary artwork
John GiornoRED WITCH MADE OF RUBY WITH A VOLUPTUOUS BODY, 2012 Cadmium Red Light, Cadminum Red Deep, Cadmium Red Vermillion, oil on canvas
50.8 x 50.8 cm
Almine Rech
YELLOW WITCH WEARS A BALLGOWN OF GOLD BROCADE AND HOOLDS A MONGOOSE VOMITING JEWELS by John Giorno contemporary artwork
John GiornoYELLOW WITCH WEARS A BALLGOWN OF GOLD BROCADE AND HOOLDS A MONGOOSE VOMITING JEWELS, 2012 Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Deep, oil on canvas
50.5 x 50.5 cm
Almine Rech
GREEN WITCH WITH A HAWK FACE’RIDES A CAMEL AND SCORPIONS COME FROM HER FINGERTIPS by John Giorno contemporary artwork
John GiornoGREEN WITCH WITH A HAWK FACE’RIDES A CAMEL AND SCORPIONS COME FROM HER FINGERTIPS, 2012 Cadmium Green Light, Permanent Green Light, Phthalo Green, Veronese Green, huile sur toile
Variable dimensions
Almine Rech

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, John Giorno, GOD IS MAN MADE at Almine Rech, Paris
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21 November–19 December 2015 John Giorno GOD IS MAN MADE Almine Rech, Paris

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Ugo Rondinone 'I ♥ John Giorno' at Various venues, New York Related Press Ugo Rondinone 'I ♥ John Giorno' at Various venues, New York Mousse Magazine : 27 July 2017

Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno—the first major U.S. exhibition about the American poet, artist, activist and muse John Giorno—has opened simultaneously across 13 locations in New York City. I ♥ John Giorno is a work of art by Giorno's husband, the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The exhibition is a celebration of the life and work of John...

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John Giorno Related Press John Giorno artforum.com : 25 July 2017

I learned early on from the eats, such as Allen Ginsburg and William Burroughs—and the Pop artists too—that archives were very important. This was around the late 1950s, or the beginning of the '60s. So, I just saved all of my work. My parents had a house in Roslyn Heights, Long Island, and for fifty years I brought everything I made...

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Love Poems: John Giorno around New York Related Press Love Poems: John Giorno around New York Art in America : 29 June 2017

As its title suggests, Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno is both a valentine from a sweetheart and an open invitation to explore the legacy of an iconic New York poet. In celebration of John Giorno's eightieth birthday, Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, who is his husband and occasional collaborator, has restaged and substantially expanded an elaborate...

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A Spin Through All 13 Venues of ‘Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno’ in New York Related Press A Spin Through All 13 Venues of ‘Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno’ in New York ARTnews : 21 June 2017

Tonight, on the longest night of the year, 13 different venues will play host to the stateside edition of Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno, a massive exhibition of work by the artist John Giorno presented as a work of art by his husband, the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. It's an expansion of the show that went up at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in...

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