Pace Gallery is pleased to participate for the first time in TEFAF New York with an exhibition dedicated to the 20th-century master Jean Dubuffet. Pace’s presentation features work from a number of Dubuffet’s seminal series from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, including L’ Hourloupe, Sites aux Figurines, Psycho-Sites, and Brefs exercices d’école journalière. Drawing together an incisive selection of Dubuffet’s work across media—including paintings, works on paper, and sculpture—the exhibition captures the relentlessly innovative and daring spirit that has fueled the artist’s enduring legacy.
In addition to paintings and sculpture from L’ Hourloupe, Pace will also present a film of Coucou Bazar—a performance piece that the artist created as part of the L’Hourloupe cycle. It contains paintings and objects enlivened by dancers adorned in costumes created by Dubuffet. In complement to the film, three performances will take place at the fair on May 2, 4, and 5, when visitors will encounter a character moving throughout the first and second floors of the Armory. The presentation at TEFAF marks Coucou Bazar’s first return to New York since 1973, when it made its world-premiere on the occasion of the artist’s retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
About Coucou Bazar Dubuffet said: “Its author is a painter, not a playwright nor a choreographer; painting is the only inspiration; it is like a development of painting, animation of it. It’s like a painting that would cease to be just a picture to watch, but that would take real existence and welcome you in…”