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John Giorno - Mug

John Giorno

White ceramic mug, printed on the front & back
Edition of 500

Almine Rech Editions is proud to present their first collaboration with the John Giorno Foundation. Together with John Giorno's limited edition poster, t-shirt and sweatshirt, this mug is launched on the occasion of the artist’s first posthumous solo show in the UK, opening at Almine Rech London on October 12, 2021.

John Giorno (1936-2019) is recognised as one of the most innovative poets and artists of the twentieth century. His kaleidoscopic work fused and furthered poetry, visual art and activism, pushing text off the printed page and into the social realm. Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center, New York, writes in the publication for the Giorno retrospective at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, “What if concrete poetry and Pop Art merged, like perfect lovers? They would produce John Giorno, muse of the greatest single-word movie (Sleep, 1963) and author of found object word poetry...Giorno’s friendships with Warhol, then Burroughs, and subsequently, his close liaisons with Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, indicate his presence in the orbit of visual art rather than literature in New York.”

Concurrent with the London exhibition, Dial-A-Poem will launch in the UK in collaboration with the John Giorno Foundation. Phone line access to the audio work first produced in 1968 will be available free of charge to local callers. In 1968, Giorno created Dial-A-Poem using a telephone service to communicate poetry in a modern idiom. Previously it was shown at the Architectural League of New York in 1968, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 1969, and the Museum of Modern Art in 1970. Giorno subsequently produced a series of LP and CD compilations called The Dial-A-Poem Poets in the 1970s and 1980s, encouraging people to start Dial-A-Poem in their hometowns, and to use cuts from the albums along with their local poets.


AVAILABLE IN-STORE at Almine Rech London from October 12, 2021

ORDER ONLINE: Estimated shipping end of October 2021

FREE SHIPPING: Use code 'JOHNGIORNO' at checkout when ordering together with any other item from the Shop

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