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WHO IS GUY DE COINTET?

Guy de Cointet in his studio, Venice, CA, ca. 1976. All works by Guy de Cointet © Estate of Guy de Cointet/Air de Paris.

From the late ’60s until his untimely death in 1983, Guy de Cointet was an active member of the Los Angeles art scene whose encrypted works on paper and theatrical productions using readymade language—taken from both the high literature of his native France and the soap operas of his adopted land—were often as enigmatic as the man himself. Looking back on the life and work of this quintessential artist’s artist, Artforum presents new assessments of and reminiscences about Cointet by curators Marie de Brugerolle and Connie Butler, writer Jay Sanders, and artists Mike Kelley and Matthew Brannon, as well as Cointet colleagues and collaborators Larry Bell, Mary Ann Duganne Glicksman, William Leavitt, and Jeff Perkins; followed by a facsimile manuscript of Cointet’s 1976 play At Sunrise . . . a Cry Was Heard.

Guy de Cointet in his studio, Venice, CA, ca. 1976. All works by Guy de Cointet © Estate of Guy de Cointet/Air de Paris.

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