May 13, 2021

‘I ♥︎ John Giorno’: An Homage of Two Decades

Artists Ugo Rondinone and John Giorno have been lovers and collaborators for the past 20 years in New York. “I ♥︎ John Giorno,” Rondinone’s latest exhibition, pays homage to that timeline, reflecting on Giorno’s decades-long career as a muse, activist, poet and artist. The show opened on Thursday in select venues across the city and is the largest collaborative effort by the two artists.
“I wanted to create a citywide artwork, and I thought the best place to do that is in the city’s historic alternative art spaces,” Rondinone explained. Hunter College, Sky Art and the New Museum are among the institutions participating. “It was also important that there was no need to pay admission to see each chapter,” Rondinone continued, explaining their choice to use “alternative art spaces” as opposed to the more conventional galleries and museums around town.
“I ♥︎ John Giorno” first ran in 2015 at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Afterward in New York, the concept “took on its own life,” Giorno recalled, as more collaborators across the city stepped up to host parts of the exhibit and pay homage themselves to two of New York’s treasured artists. The graphic quality in the title of the exhibit, a heart

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