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Film screening + Director Q&A: Who's that guy? Tell me more about Guy de Cointet

3 women on a stage surrounded by colorful, geometric objects and artworks on the wall, with audience members in foreground

This filmic portrait of Guy de Cointet, the French-born, California-based artist, compiles interviews with friends and colleagues such as John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Richard Jackson, Paul McCarthy, Violetta Sanchez, and Alexis Smith. The portrait of the artist becomes the portrait of a scene—of L.A.’s conceptual art and performance scene at the junction of the 1970s and ’80s. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the film’s director and curator, Marie de Brugerolle. Run time: 82 min.

Artists Interviewed: 

John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Richard Jackson, Morgan Fisher, Paul McCarthy, Robert Wilhite, Christophe Bourseiller, Violetta Sanchez, Gus Foster, Jeffrey Perkins, Barbara Smith, Alexis Smith, and others.

About the Artist

Guy de Cointet (1934-1983) was a French-born artist based in Los Angeles who created text and sculptural works, often combining them as props and stage sets in theatrical performance pieces. He is now recognized as one of the major figures of conceptual art in Los Angeles, influencing artists such as Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley.

About the Director

Marie de Brugerolle is art historian, curator, artist, and dramatist. She is professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France. Her work centers on the status of performance art from its beginnings in happenings and events to today.  


This event generously sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Department of Art and Art History's Center for the Study of Modernism.