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LETTRIST NEWS DECEMBER 2018

BY FRÉDÉRIC ACQUAVIVA


Isou at Reina Sofia, Madrid

news_dec_18_01A few years ago, an exhibition such as this one, curated by Serge Guibaut and devoted to foreign artists that came to Paris between 1944 and 1968, would probably haven’t included Isidore Isou, and even less promoted him as one of the highlights of this period, among artists such as Erro, Brion Gysin, Hans Hartung, Pablo Picasso, Asger Jorn, Ellsworth Kelly, Kumi Sugaï, Alina Szapocznikow or Wols.
until April 22
“Lost, Loose and Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris 1944-1968”
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
(Sabatini Building, Floor 1)
Calle de Santa Isabel 52, 28012 Madrid
https://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/exhibitions/paris-without-regret

Dufrêne in Marseille

news_dec_18_02“A lovely collection, part 2” aims to point at the Marseille Museum of Contemporary Art Collection, in order to display its most important pieces. Next to Daniel Buren, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michel Journiac, Dan Graham, Jacques Villeglé, Wolf Vostell, Jean-Luc Parant, Yves Klein or Raymond Hains, one can find an artwork from the ex Lettrist and ultra Lettrist poet François Dufrêne.
until February 24
“Un amour de collection, séquence 2”
Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC) de Marseille
69 Avenue d’Haifa, 13008 Marseille/France
http://www.marseilleexpos.com/blog/2018/11/13/un-amour-de-collection-sequence-2/

Dufrêne and his “cri-rythmes”

news_dec_18_03Initially released as a tape at the S Press label in 1977 and now totally unfindable, those 5 François Dufrêne “cri-rythmes” are now back in stores through the excellent Los Angeles label “Recital”, directed by Sean McCann, with a 250 copies vinyl edition, which also includes an insert of the text that the sound poet Bernard Heidsieck wrote for the 1983 homage to Dufrêne. Indispensable to understand something in 20th century poetry!
“Cri-Rythmes”
François Dufrêne
Recital
, LP R54, 250 copies
http://www.recitalprogram.com/cri-rythmes/

Broken Music and Isou

news_dec_18_04Another important reprint: “Broken Music”, originally published in 1989 by DAAD (Deutscher Akademicher Austauschdienst) with Berlin’s Gelbe Musik shop, rapidly became the reference book of sound avant garde editions, and is now affordable again. Even if we had wished some updating since 1989 (with, concerning Lettrism, the new editions of Isou, Lemaître, Brau, Wolman, Dufrêne, Broutin or Poyet), it is still a fantastic database of the sound works of many artists such as Kaprow, Knizack, Paik, Nitsch, Heidsieck, Duchamp, Warhol, Chopin, Cage, Bochner or Isou.
“Broken Music”
Michael Glasmeier and Ursula Block, editors
Primary Informatio,
280 pages, 621 illustrations, 2000 copies
http://www.primaryinformation.org/product/broken-music/

Guy Debord and his reading notes

news_dec_18_05And now, just before Christmas, time has came for the 1400 bristol reading cards of Guy Debord to be published (in a complete edition which will form 5 thick volumes). For the afficionados who want to know any single comments of reading of the ex-Lettrist and situationnist ‘general of paper’ about Clausewitz, Jules César, Machiavel or Sun Tse –we meanwhile still wait for the reissues of the hundreds of publications of Isou and Lemaître.
“Stratégie”
Guy Debord
L’Echappée
, 528 pages
https://www.lechappee.org/collections/la-librairie-de-guy-debord

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