Giorno, John

US, 1936

New York based artist, John Giorno, is best known for his work as a poet and performance artist. In 1965, he founded the not-for-profit production company Giorno Poetry Systems with the goal of connecting poetry and related art forms to a larger audience using innovative ideas, such as communication technology, and audio-visual materials and techniques.
One of his early multimedia poetry experiments included Dial-A-Poem, where people could listen to a poem offered from fragments of various live recordings.
Inspired by a close relationship with Andy Warhol (Giorno was the protagonist of Andy Warhol’s Sleep), and subsequent relationships with many great Pop Artists including Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, Giorno began applying Pop Art techniques to his poetry, creating work known as his Poem Prints and Poem Paintings.

Giorno has had solo exhibitions of his paintings and prints internationally and has been included in group exhibitions including “Modern Modern,” Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY; “Traces du Sacré,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; and Musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland. Giorno’s work is also included in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; the MUDAM, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Artworks, The progressive collection, Cleveland; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

The first career-spanning collection of Giorno's poems, Subduing Demons in America: Selected Poems 1962–2007, edited by Marcus Boon, was published by Soft Skull in 2008.


DE - Geboren 1936 in Long Island/New York, wusste Giorno schon mit vierzehn, dass er Dichter werden würde. Später verbanden ihn tiefe Freundschaften mit den Beat Poets und den Künstlern des Pop Art. Als Pionier des Live Poetry arbeitete er daran, die Poesie aus dem rigiden Rahmen des Buches zu befreien, und experimentierte mit neuen Formen wie Ton-Installationen, Schallplatten oder Telefon (Dial-a-poem, 1968). Im gleichen Geist schuf er auch die Poem Prints. Giorno’s Poetry ist ein explosiver Mix des Lebens von Tag zu Tag, Queer Sex und gelebter Spiritualität.


FR - Né en 1936 à Long Island /New York, John Giorno sait déjà à 14 ans qu’il veut être poète. Plus tard il nouera des amitiés fécondes avec les poètes Beats et les artistes du Pop art et participera activement à la scène underground new yorkaise des années 60. Pionnier de la Live Poetry, il est animé par le désir de libérer la poésie du cadre rigide du livre. Il expérimente ainsi toute les formes possibles de communication de son art : installations sonores, disques, téléphone (Dial-a-poem, 1968). Ses Poems Prints participent de cette idée, communiquer au plus grand nombre sa poésie, un mélange explosif du quotidien, de queer sex et de spiritualité.


Dial-A-Poem: www.ubu.com/sound/gps.html

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