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View of “Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno,” 2015–16. Photo: André Morin.

“Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno”

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View of “Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno,” 2015–16. Photo: André Morin.

Living up to its impassioned title, “Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno” was an adulation of the American counterculture icon as a poet, artist, friend, lover, activist, archivist, muse, and inspiration. Conceived by his longtime partner, Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, and curated by Florence Ostende, Giorno’s first-ever retrospective was an exhaustive yet intimate showcase comprising more than three hundred artworks, six hundred audible poems, and fifteen thousand archival photos and documents. It was also a tribute show featuring works by Rondinone, Angela Bulloch, Anne Collier, Verne Dawson, Judith Eisler, Pierre Huyghe, Françoise Janicot, Elizabeth Peyton, Michael Stipe, Billy Sullivan, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Andy Warhol, among others. Across eight chapters, this nonchronological survey covered Giorno’s diverse affiliations and influences—from Buddhism and the Beats to aids

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