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BOOK-DVD BOX SET: J’idée : Variations sur Jean Dupuy

Public price: 20,00 €


A co-publishing a.p.r.e.s éditions / Centre national des arts plastiques.


An artist, Jean Dupuy, who signed Ypudu and who said “l’art est ci, et l’art est là”.

Or the joyous relational art of collective performances in New York in the early 1970’s.

Or the anagrammatic mischief that poetically liberates the language of complacent logic.

Or elegant, rigorous distance combined with natural insolence.

Or a film by Gilles Coudert, a sensitive portrait of the unusual, quixotic itinerary of a charismatic, larger-than-life artist.

Or a set of original essays by Pierre Baumann, Patricia Brignone, Jean-Baptiste Delorme, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Éric Mangion and Julia Robinson.



“Jean Dupuy Ypudu”
A film by Gilles Coudert
The film by Gilles Coudert tells the story of the unusual destiny of Jean Dupuy and delves into the sensitive, human, quixotic and extraordinary adventures of Dupuy’s life and work. The film is a portrait of a person with multiple lives: trailblazer in technological art, performer and organiser-extraordinaire of artistic soirées in the effervescence of New York in the 1970-1980’s, who became a ‘graphologist’, hermit, tinkerer and anagrammer who withdrew at the end of his life to Pierrefeu, a perched village at the top of a mountain in the hinterland of Nice. The film weaves in private conversations between Jean Dupuy and the film director, and personal testimony from Patricia Brignone, Catherine Cattaneo, Augustin Dupuy, Alexandre Gérard, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Éric Mangion, Jeffrey Perkins, Julia Robinson and Christian Xatrec. Most of the archive images are seen here for the first time, and enable viewers to follow Dupuy’s itinerary and place his actions in their historic and artistic context.

Gilles Coudert is a screenwriter, film director, producer and publisher.




Texts de Pierre Baumann, Patricia Brignone, Jean-Baptiste Delorme, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Éric Mangion and Julia Robinson.


Pierre Baumann is an artist and art researcher. He teaches at the University of Bordeaux-Montaigne, where he has founded the Laboratoire des objets libres, and head the Moby-Dick research-action program which involves studying eco-systems of creation. Patricia Brignone is an art historian and teacher at the École nationale supérieure d’art et de design in Dijon. Her research entails a wide approach to the relations between dance, visual arts, performance. She has published, among other works, Ménagerie de Verre, Nouvelles pratiques du corps scénique (2006), Du dire au faire (2012). Jean-Baptiste Delorme is curator of patrimoine, in charge of the Arts plastiques collection for the 1945-1989 period at the Centre national des arts plastiques. He was previously curator at the Marc Chagall national museum in Nice and has curated exhibitions for the Diamètre collective. Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux is an artist and author of several books, from 1988 with L’Acte pour l’art to 2020 with Duchamp. He has also written several texts on Jean Dupuy including “En affinité(s) – Marcel Duchamp / Jean Dupuy” (2018). Éric Mangion is the director of the Villa Arson art center, in Nice and editor of the on-line review Switch (on Paper). Julia Robinson is Associate Professor of History of Modern and Contemporary Art at New York University. She has curated several exhibitions notably devoted to George Brecht (Cologne) John Cage (Barcelona) and New Realism (Madrid).

More informations

Video DVD: Film 52 minutes – Original version – French & English subtitles – © 2021 a.p.r.e.s production / Vosges TV

BOOK: French/English – 19 x 14 cm – 128 pages (b/w) – Texts © 2021 Authors


September 2021


Variations on… Collection

Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Eric Mangion, Gilles Coudert, Jean Dupuy, Jean-Baptiste Delorme, Julia Robinson, Patricia Brignone, Pierre Baumann