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Brion Gysin

Brion Gysin was born in England in 1916.  He studied at the Sorbonne and his first exhibition in 1935, was with Picasso, Arp, Bellmer, Brauner, de Chirico, Dali, Duchamp, Max Ernst, Magritte, Miro, Man Ray, Tanguy at Galerie Quatre Chemins, Paris. Later, his drawings were taken down and expelled from the Surrealist Group by Paul Eluard at the orders of André Breton. His journey to the Algerian Sahara in 1938 influenced his work greatly. He was a multifaceted artist whose fertile mind and wide range of original ideas were a source of inspiration for artists of the Beat Generation in Paris, as well as to innovative artists and performers such as David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Keith Haring, and Laurie Anderson in the next generation.

Painter, writer, sound poet, tape composer, lyricist, and performance artist, Gysin is remembered particularly for his evocative paintings of the North African desert in the 1950s and his original calligraphic abstractions based on Japanese and Arabic scripts.

The chance discovery by Gysin of the cut-up technique (later developed and refined by William S. Burroughs) and the concept of permutated poems gave rise to new and original forms of sound art wordplay, striking not only in print but also in recordings or live performance. Gysin's inventive ideas also extended to the Dreamachine and to collages of text and photographs.

Brion Gysin’s first US retrospective exhibition was held at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York in June 2010.

Exhibitions

Calligraffiti of Fire


Calligraffiti of Fire

Untitled by Brion GysinUntitled by Brion Gysin
Untitled (double sided)

Through the window of the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni

Through the window of my room in Peggy Guggenheim’s

My Window in Peggy Guggenheim Palazzo


My Window in Peggy Guggenheim Palazzo

Graph

Untitled

Brion Gysin at the Beat Hotel
by Ian Sommervilie


William Burroughs
(Naked Lunch Launch series, Paris, October 1959) by Brion Gysin

William Burroughs at the Institut française
(Naked Lunch Launch series, Paris, October 1959)

Brion Gysin and William S Burroughs, Caravan of Dreams, Texas by Ira Cohen

Brion Gysin
(Naked Lunch Launch series, Paris, October 1959) by Ian Sommerville


'Danger Series' - Portrait of William S Burroughs in front of the Théâtre Odeon by Brion Gysin (A)
Untitled by Brion Gysin
'Danger Series' - Portrait of William S Burroughs in front of the Théâtre Odeon by Brion Gysin (B)

'Danger Series' - Portrait of William S Burroughs in front of the Théâtre Odeon by Brion Gysin (C)

'Danger Series' - Portrait of William S Burroughs in front of the Théâtre Odeon by Brion Gysin (D)



Portrait of Brion Gysin
by Brian Beresford

Portrait of Brion Gysin
by Brian Beresford

William Burroughs
(Naked Lunch Launch series, Paris, October 1959) by Brion Gysin

William Burroughs
(Naked Lunch Launch series, Paris, October 1959) by Brion Gysin



William Burroughs at the Institut française
(Naked Lunch Launch series, Paris, October 1959)

William Burroughs
(Naked Lunch Launch series, Paris, October 1959) by Brion Gysin

William Burroughs
in front of the Beat Hotel, Paris
(Naked Lunch Launch series, Paris, October 1959)

William Burroughs
(Naked Lunch Launch series, Paris, October 1959) by Brion Gysin



William Burroughs near the Beat Hotel
(Naked Lunch Launch series, Paris, October 1959) by Brion Gysin
     

Brion Gysin Biography

Solo Exhibitions
1939  Galerie Aux Quatre Chemins, Paris
1953  Rembrandt Hotel, Tangiers
1957  Sagittarius Gallery, New York
  Dunbar gallery, Chicago
  Sagittarius Gallery, Rome
1958  Arthur Jeffries Gallery, London
1959  Library of the Kokutoubia, Marradech
1961  Galleryia Trastevere, Rome
1963  Helena Rubinstein Salon, ParisTangier Gallery, Tangiers,
1970  Tangier Galery, Tangiers
1973  Galerie Weiller, Paris
1975  Galerie Germain, Paris
  Galerie Galerie Yvy, Geneva
1976  Galerie Mollet-Villeville, Paris
1977  Galerie Raph, Paris,
1979  Galerie Von Bartha, Basle
1981  The October Gallery, London
1982  Meda Mothi Gallery, Montpellier
1985  Tower Lajeski Gallery, New York
1986  Galerie SamyKinge, Paris
1991  Caen, Lyon, Grenoble
1993  Espace electra, Paris
1994  Guillaume Galloxzzi Gallery, New York
1998  Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton
2009  

Calligraffiti of Fire, October Gallery, London

2010  

Calligraffiti of Fire, New Museum, New York

Group Exhibitions
1935  Galerie Aux Quatre Chemins, Paris
1979  Canon Photo Gallery, Geneva
1980  Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1981  The October Gallery, London
1983  B-2 Gallery, London
1984  Villa Arson, Nice
1985  Museum of Modern Art, New York
1986  Galerie Lara Vincy, Paris
1987  Documenta 8, Kassel,
1988  Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
1989  Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris
1990  Galeriea Sphira, Madrid
1991  Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1993  Lyon Biennale, France
1995  Ports of Entry: William S. Burroughs the Artist, Los Angeles LACMA
1999  The Liverpool Biennale for Contemporary Art, Liverpool,
Collections
Museum of Modern Art. New York;
Boston Fine Arts Gallery, Boston, Mass.
Centre George Pompidou,
Fond National, Modern Art Paris
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
and numerous private collections.
Major Publication on Brion Gysin
Brion Gysin - Turning in to the Multimedia Age, edited by Jose Ferez Kuri, Published by Thames and Hudson 2003
    
   
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