Anthology Film Archives Benefit and Auction
2 March, 2017
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John Giorno

Watercolor on paper

18 1/3 x 18 1/3" (46.5 x 46.5 cm)

Signed on verso

Estimate: $5,000 - 10,000

SOLD for $5,500

Courtesy of Elizabeth Dee Gallery

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artist biography

John Giorno (b. 1936) is an American poet and performance artist. He founded the not-for-profit production company Giorno Poetry Systems and organised a number of early multimedia poetry experiments and events, including Dial-A-Poem. He became prominent as the subject of Andy Warhol's film Sleep (1963). In 2010, Giorno had his first one-person gallery show in New York, entitled Black Paintings and Drawings, wherein he exhibited works chronicling the evolution of the poem painting. His first Poem Prints became part of installation entitled Dial-A-Poem at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970. Connecting words and images, the poet uses the materiality of the written word to confront the audience with poetry in different contexts.

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