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Guy de Cointet
 
Guy de Cointet (American, b. France. 1934–1983) was fascinated with language, which he explored primarily through performance and drawing. His practice involved collecting random phrases, words, and even single letters from popular culture and literary sources—he often cited Raymond Roussel's novel "Impressions of Africa" as influential—and working these elements into non-linear narratives, which were presented as plays to his audience.
Paintings and works on paper would then figure prominently within these performances. In his play "At Sunrise . . . A Cry Was Heard" (1976), a large painting depicting letters bisected by a white sash served as a main subject and prop, with the lead actress continuously referring to it and reading its jumble of letters as if it were an ordinary script. His drawings likewise are almost readable but just beyond comprehension.
De Cointet is recognized as one of the major figures in the Conceptual art movement that emerged in Los Angeles in the 1970s, having strongly influenced a number of prominent artists working in southern California today, including Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, for whom both drawing and performance figure significantly in their artistic practices.

See also Marie de Brugerolle: Who's that guy? Tell me more about Guy de Cointet (DVD).
 
(external link: www.guydecointet.org)
 

 
2017
French edition
Paraguay Press
First publication to gathers all theatrical works by artist Guy de Cointet, written between 1973 and 1983. 25 plays, published with an explanatory apparatus and numerous documents from the de Cointet Estate at the Centre Pompidou's Kandinsky Library.

2017
English edition
Paraguay Press
First publication to gathers all theatrical works by artist Guy de Cointet, written between 1973 and 1983. 25 plays, published with an explanatory apparatus and numerous documents from the de Cointet Estate at the Centre Pompidou's Kandinsky Library.

2016
French edition
JRP|Editions
temporarily out of stock
The first monograph to offer an overview of Cointet's enigmatic and influential oeuvre (available in English edition).

2016
English edition
JRP|Editions
The first monograph to offer an overview of Cointet's enigmatic and influential oeuvre.

2005
Cneai
last available copies!
Facsimile reissue of the original graphic poetry book self-published in 1975 by Guy de Cointet.

1996
bilingual edition (English / French)
Le Magasin
€8.00 €5.00
Booklet published on the occasion of a 1996 exhibition commissioned by Paul McCarthy and featuring the work of three European artists exiled in California: Guy de Cointet, Bas Jan Ader and Wolfgang Stoerchle. The publication includes texts by McCarthy and Cornelia Butler, biographical and bibliographical notes.