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.
Guy de Cointet (1934-1983) left France for the United States in 1965. He frequented Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York City before moving to Los Angeles and becoming an assistant to minimalist sculptor Larry Bell. Living, working and exhibiting in Los Angeles for almost twenty years, de Cointet left a rich body of drawings, books and performance pieces in which the look of language and sound are lyrically manipulated into uncommonly exotic expressions. He is considered to be a provocative influence for contemporary conceptual and performance artists.
“[De Cointet] was highly respected and influential in California in the 1970′s and deserves more attention now… de Cointet influenced artists as diverse as Mike Kelley, Allen Ruppersberg, Larry Bell and Eric Orr.” – Paul McCarthy