Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 PM
Two Drawings, 1974, performed by Mary Ann Duganne Glicksman
My Father’s Diary, 1975, performed by Sarah Vermande

Sunday, September 15 at 4:00 PM
Huzo Lunmst, 1973, performed by Sarah Vermande
Going to the Market, 1975, performed by Mary Ann Duganne Glicksman 
Two Drawings, 1974, performed by Sarah Vermande

Performances are FREE and no RSVP is required to attend. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Guy de Cointet
September 14 – October 19, 2019 
The Box is thrilled to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition of work by Guy de Cointet (1934–1983). The show is comprised of two parts: first, on September 14th and 15th, a weekend of notable performances from 1973 to 1975, performed by Sarah Vermande alongside Cointet’s longtime-collaborator Mary Ann Duganne Glicksman. Following the performances, opening September 18th, The Box will show some of Cointet‘s early film experiments from 1968 to 1970, as well as a selection of drawings. These can be viewed during normal gallery hours.

Guy de Cointet, a transplant to Los Angeles in the late 1960s, unified both L.A. performance art of the 1970s and Hollywood artifice and pop culture into his theatrical performances. Cointet’s work is both playful and enigmatic, defying categorization. Props within performances are both deeply coded and interacted with by actors, bringing accessibility to the artworks by allowing the audience to laugh and enjoy the impossibility of comprehension. Actors who have worked with Cointet have described how props were elevated to co-stars of the performances. They were treated as performers alongside the actors, adding complexity, humor and life to what appear to be simple objects.

Starting September 18th, the gallery will show Guy de Cointet’s 8mm films, Untitled 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 (1969–70) and I Dream (Old Woman) (c. 1968), which represent some of the artist’s earliest works. They have rarely been shown and offer an important view into the artist’s later work of the 1970s. This exhibition marks the first U.S. presentation of the Untitled films, which were found with no instructions and were never exhibited while the artist was alive. These eight short films presented in the main space are extreme close up shots of the numbers on a clock; creating slow-moving visual abstractions. Absent of the unpredictable nature of Cointet’s later performance’s “twists and turns,” these films, with their literal relationship to time and documentary filmmaking, are experiments in simulation, and a departure from an interest in “real time.” I Dream (Old Woman) frames the daily tasks of an elderly neighbor whose routine activities struck a visual and conceptual interest for Cointet and seemingly foreshadowed characters in his later plays. 

Guy de Cointet was born in 1934 in Paris. He migrated to the U.S. in the 1960s making Los Angeles his home until his untimely death in 1983. He has been the subject of many institutional exhibitions including recently at Culturgest, Lisboa; M-Museum, Leuven; and The Drawing Center, NY. His work is found in collections such as LACMA, MOCA, The Getty Museum, MoMA NY, Tate Modern, Reina Sofia, and the Centre Pompidou. The work is represented by Air de Paris in Paris and Greene Naftali in New York. We thank Air de Paris as well as the Estate of Guy de Cointet for making this exhibition possible.