by Christabel Stewart .

Tell Me (1979)

This is the set for a rather beautiful restaging of a conceptual performance play written and originally staged by the late French artist Guy de Cointet (1934 - 1983), in his adopted home of California in the late 1970s. An amalgam of influences from popular culture, including overheard conversation, soap opera, melodrama, and fashion magazines, every word and ideas is "exteriorised and abstracted to the level of image". Some retropsective interest in Cointet's work has resurfaced recently in the form of a museum retrospective in Paris, and a series of articles in this Summer's bumper Artforum on which he features on the cover.