1925 - 2007
Born in Botosani (Romania), lives in Paris (France).
Isidore Isou, born Isidore Goldstein in Botosani, Romania, on 29 January 1925. He moved to Paris on 23 August 1945, after the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation. Shortly thereafter, he meets Gabriel Pomerand (another Jewish refugee), and founds Lettrisme. The first public manifestation of the new artistic movement takes place on 8 January 1946 at the Societes Savantes, where Isou reads his poems aloud. The next year, Gallimard publishes his Introduction to a New Poetry and a New Music, which contains Manifesto of Lettrist Poetry. He would eventually publish over 200 books, containing his "hypergraphic" writings, "metagraphic" images, plays, theoretical writings, polemics, wall posters, etc. In 1950, the Lettrist group also included Maurice Lemaitre, Jean-Louis Brau, Gil J Wolman, and Francois Dufrene; in 1951, Guy Debord would join. Despite the formation of the Lettrist International in 1952, Isou's lettrist group would continue through the rest of the decade. He died in Paris on 28 July 2007.
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Isou ou la Mécanique des ...
Isidore Isou, Isou ou la Mécanique des Femmes, 1949. Book, ink, paper, 20 cm, 294 p, language: French, publisher: Aux Escaliers de Lausanne.
L’Agrégation d’un Nom et ...
Isidore Isou, L’Agrégation d’un Nom et d’un Messie, 1947. Book, 20.5 x 14 cm, 452 p., language: French, publisher: Gallimard, ISBN: 2070233154.
La Confidence Sensuelle
Isidore Isou, André Suffren, La Confidence Sensuelle, 1958. Book, ink, paper, 224 p, language: French, publisher: Montreal, ISBN: B007PSFXXE.
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Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up B...
28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.
The Book Lovers presents the first (pop-up) bookstore specialized in artist novels. The bookstore will be hosted by De Appel and run by Buchh
The Preparation of the No...
18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.
The Preparation of the Novel is the title of a new instalment in The Book Lovers project, which makes direct reference to Roland Barthes’ tra