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"John Giorno: Black Paintings and Drawings," installation view at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, 2010
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by Elisabeth Kley

After love affairs with Andy Warhol , Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns , itís no wonder that poet John Giorno has always maintained that contact with visual artists is more important to his work than the influence of other writers. "It occurred to me," said Giorno of the early 1960s in a 2002 interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, "that poetry was 75 years behind painting and sculpture and dance and music." So he set out to help it catch up.