John Giorno Dead: Legendary Poet Dies at 82


Getty Poet John Giorno pictured in 2018.  John Giorno, the famed American poet and visual artist, has died at the age of 82 Giorno was an AIDS activist and the subject of Andy Warhol’s 1963-film “Sleep.” Giorno’s death was confirmed on October 12 in an Instagram post from his friend Lee Ranaldo  Giorno had worked as a stockbroker following his graduation from Columbia University He became involved in the arts in 1962 after a meeting with Andy Warhol. According to a Poetry Foundation profile, “The influence of pop art and Warhol’s Factory are evident in Giorno’s work ”  GettyGiorno speaks onstage during the Norman Mailer Center 4th Annual Benefit Gala on October 4, 2012 in New York City  At the time of his death, Giorno had been exhibiting new work at the Sperone Westwater gallery in New York City The exhibition, titled “Do the Undone,” is due to be exhibited until October 26. The press release for the show refers to Giorno living and working out of his studio in the Bowery in Lower Manhattan for over 50 years   In 1968, Giorno set up a concept known as “Dial-a-Poem.” The service allowed members of the public to call a number and hear a live recording of a poem Giorno has said that the idea of “Dial-a-Poem” came from a conversation he had with fellow poet William Burroughs Among the poets featured on “Dial-a-Poem” were Frank O’Hara, John Ashberry and Laurie Anderson   GettyGiorno and his partner, Ugo Rondinone, attend the preview party for “Ugo Rondinone: Human Nature, presented by Nespresso” at Rockefeller Center on April 23, 2013 in New York City  Giorno is survived by his husband, Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Rondinone had set up a multi-part exhibition dedicated to his husband titled, “Ugo Rondinone: I ♥︎ John Giorno ”  GettyA work by artists John Giorno, Lek and Sowat is pictured at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris on May 28, 2014  More to follow… READ NEXT: Teenage Porn Star Controversy Rocks California High School

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