Jean Dubuffet's literal and metaphysical senses on display at the Museum of Modern Art

By Karen Rosenberg
Jean Dubuffet’s “Soul of the Underground,” from 1959. Credit Museum of Modern Art, New York, Jean Dubuffet , 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Adagp, Paris
NEW YORK---One of the smallest but most salient works in “Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground,” at the Museum of Modern Art, is a sketchbook page covered with tiny contour drawings of footprints. Altogether, “Soul of the Underground” offers a new, more process-oriented way of looking at this Art Brut founder. It suggests that the rawness he espoused had as much to do with groundedness, in the literal and metaphysical senses, as it did with primitivism. [link]

Museum of Modern Art: “Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground” runs through April 5; 212-708-9400,