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JOHN GIORNO

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Artist and performance poet John Giorno was a blazing cultural catalyst in New York from the 1960s until his death in 2019. Star of Sleep (1963), a key early film by Andy Warhol—Giorno’s lover at the time—and co-producer of The Nova Convention (with Sylvère Lotringer and James Grauerholz), Giorno turned his declarative verse into pop art paintings executed in a font designed for the artist by Mark Michaelson.

In the first posthumous show of his work, JOHN GIORNO at Sperone Westwater includes individual works, his black-and-white series from 2011–2018, and John Giorno Performing I Don’t Need it, I don’t want it, and You Cheated Me Out of It, 1981 & Eating the Sky, 1978, a multimedia installation developed with his husband Ugo Rondinone.

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JOHN GIORNO

Through May 28.

Sperone Westwater

257 Bowery, New York City.

 

 

John Giorno, Sperone Westwater, March 25, 2021–May 28, 2021, from top: YOU GOT TO BURN TO SHINE, 2016, acrylic on canvas; WORDS COME FROM SOUND SOUND COMES FROM WISDOM WISDOM COMES FROM EMPTINESS, 2012, acrylic on canvas; John Giorno (with Ugo Rondinone), Giorno performing I Don’t Need it, I don’t want it, and You Cheated Me Out of It, 1981 & Eating the Sky, 1978, 2015, two videos with sound playback; John Giorno installation view; SIT IN MY HEART AND SMILE, 2017, acrylic on canvas; John Giorno (with Ugo Rondinone), Giorno performing I Don’t Need it, I don’t want it, and You Cheated Me Out of It, 1981 & Eating the Sky, 1978, 2015, two videos with sound playback; A HURRICANE IN A DROP OF CUM, 2012, acrylic on canvas. Images © the Estate of John Giorno, courtesy of the estate and Sperone Westwater.

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