Any great poem - any great work - is just a mirror held up to someone else's mind.
(John Giorno, Artforum, 2009)
Cahiers d’Art is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by poet and visual artist John Giorno.
Cahiers d’Art has published a new series of prints with Giorno of the artist’s poem works, which will be shown alongside four new paintings. A portfolio of recent work by the artist is featured in the newest issue of the Cahiers d’Art revue 2016-2017.
John Giorno was born in New York in 1936. After studying at Columbia University, he moved into the Bowery, joining that neighborhood's vibrant artistic community. It was there that he met Andy Warhol, who shot footage of him sleeping for his first film, Sleep. John Giorno's collaborators have included William S. Burroughs, Robert Rauschenberg, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Robert Mapplethorpe and, more recently, Elizabeth Peyton, Pierre Huyghe and Ugo Rondinone.
MoMA, the Centre Pompidou, Faux mouvement Centre d'art contemporain (Metz) and the Almine Rech, Agnès b., Nicole Klagsbrun and Elizabeth Dee galleries are among the venues that have shown John Giorno's work. He has given performances at Dia:Chelsea, the New Museum, 104, the Serpentine Gallery, the Swiss Institute and the Beacon Theatre.
The Palais de Tokyo put on a retrospective of his work in October 2015.
A leading figure of the Beat Generation, John Giorno seeks to extend the frontiers of poetry and to free it from its elitist repertoire. In 1965, he founded Giorno Poetry Systems, an artists' collective and record label that aimed to relay poetry to a wider audience using innovative means of communication. One such innovation was Dial-A-Poem, which uninterruptedly since 1968 has allowed anyone who wishes to hear poetry readings over the phone.
John Giorno is also a pioneer of performance poetry, readings performed with intensity before a live audience. Some years ago, Giorno began adding a pictorial dimension to his work, creating Poem Paintings composed of words and phrases from his poems in the form of paintings, murals, drawings and screen prints.