New York

Jean Dubuffet

Sep 18–Oct 24, 2020

During his decade-long involvement in the Hourloupe cycle, Jean Dubuffet prepared models and precise specifications for architectural completion. Le Cirque, a black and white environmental sculpture, is one of the most major works of that cycle.

Exhibition Details

Jean Dubuffet
Sep 18 – Oct 24, 2020


540 West 25th Street
New York


Jean Dubuffet

Jean Dubuffet began painting at the age of seventeen and studied briefly at the Académie Julian, Paris. After seven years, he abandoned painting and became a wine merchant. During the thirties, he painted again for a short time, but it was not until 1942 that he began the work which has distinguished him as an outstanding innovator in postwar European painting. Dubuffet looked to the margins of the everyday—the art of prisoners, psychics, the uneducated, and the institutionalized—to liberate his own creativity, coining the term “Art Brut” as a reflection of the creative possibilities outside the conventions of the day. His paintings from the early forties in brightly colored oils were soon followed by works in which he employed such unorthodox materials as cement, plaster, tar, and asphalt-scraped, carved and cut and drawn upon with a rudimentary, spontaneous line.

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New York — Jean Dubuffet, Sep 18–Oct 24, 2020