Guy de Cointet

Guy de Cointet (1934 – 1983) was a French-born artist based in California who created text and sculptural works, often combining them as props and stage sets in theatrical performance pieces. One of his performance pieces combined literary puzzles inspired by the works of Raymond Roussel and the tropes of TV soap opera. The pieces were performed by actors such as Factory ‘superstar’ Viva and diminutive comedian Billy Barty. Theater critic Frantisek Deak once wrote of Cointet’sstructuralist approach in plays such as Tell Me (1979) in which fashionably attired actresses variously describe a white cardboard square featuring the black capital letters A, D, M, and T – the artist juxtaposed “lifelike casual conversation with contrived literary language … [pointing] out that both are particular styles and that, with a certain distance, the casual conversation will appear contrived as well.” His work has influenced that of Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley, and Catherine Sullivan, among others.

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