20 October 2012 – 3 February 2013
Pallant House Gallery is delighted to present the first major review in a UK public gallery for nearly 50 years of the work of the influential artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
The exhibition has been organised with the assistance of the Fondation Dubuffet, Paris and will feature key paintings, drawings and sculpture from collections across France and the UK.
Dubuffet is best known as the father of Art Brut (‘raw art'), coining the concept in 1945 and creating a celebrated Art Brut collection. Throughout his life Dubuffet sought out non-professional or self-taught artists that he perceived to be ‘unscathed by artistic culture'. Their work subverted the traditional canon of beauty, and Dubuffet found within them a raw expressive power that was vital to his practice.
The exhibition at Pallant House Gallery will be shown alongside a season of exhibitions exploring non-traditional creativity including Outside In: National (27 October 2012 to 3 February 2013) the Gallery's pioneering triennial open art competition for artists from the margins, some of whom could be considered to be Outsider or Art Brut artists.
Jean Dubuffet: Transitions focuses on a particular moment in Dubuffet's career dating from the early 1960s when a radical change occurred in his art. During this time Dubuffet completed the Paris Circus series (1961) and embarked on his longest and most original series of work, L'Hourloupe (1962-1974). These new compositions were driven by an interest in representing the divergent thought patterns that occur in a person's mind, and were characterised by a cellular structure and strong graphic quality.
This period also coincided with the return of his Art Brut collection from a decade-long stay in the United States and the exhibition both charts the artist's transition towards this new way of working and explores the relationship between his experimentation with techniques such as automatic drawing and compulsive repetition with the renewed proximity of the Art Brut works.
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