Guy de Cointet

French, 1934–1983

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Guy de Cointet

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French, 1934–1983

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Guy de Cointet, an enigmatic Los Angeles-based Conceptual artist, had a wide-ranging practice that included drawing, playwriting, and performance. Fascinated by language, de Cointet culled phrases, words, and sometimes single letters from media, literature, and pop culture, which he would work into abstract narratives that became the sources for his drawings and performances. In his play At Sunrise . . . A Cry Was Heard (1976), a large painting of chopped letters was displayed prominently on the stage; the lead actress kept referring to the painting and reading its nonsensical letters as if she were reading a script. Similarly, de Cointet's drawings suggest language, but are ultimately indecipherable. He is recognized for his influence on well-known conceptual artists such as Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelly.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

Guy de Cointet, an enigmatic Los Angeles-based Conceptual artist, had a wide-ranging practice that included drawing, playwriting, and performance. Fascinated by language, de Cointet culled phrases, words, and sometimes single letters from media, literature, and pop culture, which he would work into abstract narratives that became the sources for his drawings and performances. In his play At Sunrise . . . A Cry Was Heard (1976), a large painting of chopped letters was displayed prominently on the stage; the lead actress kept referring to the painting and reading its nonsensical letters as if she were reading a script. Similarly, de Cointet's drawings suggest language, but are ultimately indecipherable. He is recognized for his influence on well-known conceptual artists such as Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelly.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
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