Richard Saltoun: Dom Sylvester Houédard at Frieze New York, 5-7 May 2017

Dom Sylvester Houédard, Typestract 260764, 1964

Richard Saltoun Gallery, London.

Dom Sylvester Houédard

Frieze New York 2017

Stand A26: Spotlight section

Dom Sylvester Houédard (1924 – 1992), correctly known by the name of dsh, was a remarkable man and artist: a Benedictine monk based at Prinkash Abbey, Gloucestershire, UK, who later became a pioneer of Concrete Poetry (Typewriter Art) and a cult figure of counter-culture 1960s London.

dsh’s artistic practice spanned across varying mediums, including works on paper, posters, artist books, magazines, written and abstract visual poetry. These ‘three-dimensional’ poems, known as ‘Typestracts’ were each made on standard A4 paper and typed on an Olivetti Lettera 22 mechanical typewriter. dsh also wrote extensively on art theory, spirituality and philosophy and was a respected authority on the Beat Movement.

Throughout the 60s dsh exhibited regularly at London’s ICA was championed by renowned art historian Guy Brett of the iconic Signals Gallery London (active between 1964-1966). The Victoria and Albert Museum also held a seminal retrospective of his work in 1971, and he continued to exhibit internationally throughout the 70s, becoming a key figure of the global Concrete Poetry Movement.

Dsh’s formidable reputation as a theologian and aesthete has provoked a certain mythisicm around his legacy, and his work has rarely been seen in the public sphere. His estate was bequeathed to The John Rylands Library of The University of Manchester, and the scarcity of material has made it virtually impossible to mount an exhibition until now.

Richard Saltoun Gallery’s presentation at this years Spotlight section aims to anchor dsh’s position as one of the leading influencers and visionaries of the 1960s cultural and artistic revolution and marks a rare opportunity to see this number of works in one setting.

Frieze New York
Stand A26
Randall’s Island Park
10035, New York

Opening times
Thursday 4 May: VIP Preview (invitation only)
Friday 5 May: 11am – 6pm (Friday late tickets: 6-8pm)
Saturday 6 May: 11am – 7pm
Sunday May 7: 11am – 6pm

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