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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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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.

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BIG EGO XL by John Giorno contemporary artwork John GiornoBIG EGO XL, 2017 Silkscreen print
182.8 x 182.8 cm
Cahiers d'Art
LIVING IN YOUR EYES by John Giorno contemporary artwork John GiornoLIVING IN YOUR EYES, 2017 Archival pigment print
90 x 90 cm
Cahiers d'Art
I WANT TO CUM IN YOUR HEART by John Giorno contemporary artwork John GiornoI WANT TO CUM IN YOUR HEART, 2017 Archival pigment print
90 x 90 cm
Cahiers d'Art
YOU GOT TO BURN TO SHINE by John Giorno contemporary artwork John GiornoYOU GOT TO BURN TO SHINE, 2017 Archival pigment print
66 x 66 cm
Cahiers d'Art
WE GAVE A PARTY FOR THE GODS AND THE GODS ALL CAME by John Giorno contemporary artwork John GiornoWE GAVE A PARTY FOR THE GODS AND THE GODS ALL CAME, 2017 Archival pigment print
66 x 66 cm
Cahiers d'Art
THE WORLD JUST MAKES ME LAUGH by John Giorno contemporary artwork John GiornoTHE WORLD JUST MAKES ME LAUGH, 2017 Archival pigment print
66 x 66 cm
Cahiers d'Art
PREFER CRYING IN A LIMO TO LAUGHING ON A BUS by John Giorno contemporary artwork John GiornoPREFER CRYING IN A LIMO TO LAUGHING ON A BUS, 2017 Archival pigment print
66 x 66 cm
Cahiers d'Art
LIFE IS A KILLER by John Giorno contemporary artwork John GiornoLIFE IS A KILLER, 2017 Archival pigment print
66 x 66 cm
Cahiers d'Art

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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