Richard Saltoun Gallery presents British artist Dom Sylvester Houédard in Frieze New York 2017 Spotlight selection, curated by Toby Kamps.
Dom Sylvester Houédard was a remarkable man and artist: a Benedictine monk based at Prinkash Abbey in Gloucestershire who became a cult figure of counter-culture sixties London.
Known simply as dsh or The Dom, his avant-garde credentials were impeccable. A pioneer of concrete poetry (typewriter art) he also wrote extensively on new approaches to art, spirituality and philosophy and was a respected authority on the Beat movement. His abstract visual poems, known as Typestracts, were made on standard, A4 paper, and typed on an Olivetti Lettera 22.
He exhibited regularly at the Lisson Gallery and the ICA in the 60s and was championed by renowned art historian Guy Brett through Signals Gallery, London. The Victoria and Albert gallery held a retrospective of his work in 1971 and he exhibited internationally throughout the 70s, becoming a key figure in the international concrete poetry movement with a particular following in Brazil.
The interest in dsh's works in now gathering pace with the recent publication of a monograph and a study day held at the South London Gallery.
Since the 1970s, the scarcity of his work and his reputation as a theologian and aesthete has turned this avant-garde artist into a semi-mythical figure; an artist with a formidable reputation but one whose work has rarely been seen in the public sphere.
His estate was bequeathed to a provincial library in the UK and the scarcity of work has made it virtually impossible to mount an exhibition.
The stand curated by Richard Saltoun Gallery aims at showing how this elusive artist deserves his place as one of the leading influencers and visionaries of the 1960s cultural and artistic revolution.
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