Wednesday, February 3, 2016

For Jean Dubuffet, the Art Brut Founder, a Gallery Show

By Robin Pogrebin

NEW YORK---Jean Dubuffet is not necessarily the hottest artist around; in fact, his colorful oil painting “Cote Chipote” failed to sell at Christie’s in November, despite a relatively low estimate of $9 million to $12 million. But the artist and sculptor, who died in 1985, remains one of the most important postwar artists of the 20th century — often grouped with Giacometti and Bacon — and is perhaps best known for founding Art Brut, an early outsider art movement. Now the Acquavella Gallery has decided to devote both floors of its Upper East Side townhouse — as well as a hardcover catalog — to a monographic show on Dubuffet that will open April 15. [link]
“La Toilette” (1944) part of the Jean Dubuffet show at Acquavella. Credit 2016 Jean Dubuffet/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, via ADAGP, Paris, Private Collection