The Art of Brut




The Art of Brut is an installation of the alternative authors and makers examined, investigated, collected and exhibited by Jean Dubuffet and his cohorts, at Galerie René Drouin, Paris, in 1946.

Scheduled to coincide with Brutal Beauty, the Jean Dubuffet retrospective at the Barbican, The Art of Brut explores the artist’s relationship with his “discoveries”, placing them in an independent context in terms of their aesthetic, meaning and impact.

The Art of Brut features over twenty artists, with well-known names: mediumistic painters Augustin Lesage and Fleury-Joseph Crépin, Swiss hospital illustrators Aloïse Corbaz and Adolf Wölfli and the infamous British/Scottish doodler, Scottie Wilson.

Lesser-known characters who caught Dubuffet’s eye include: African artist Antoine Lubaki, presented alongside his wife Antoinette, Antoine Rabany, whose sculptures were once known only as Les Barbus Müller, extraordinary shells by mask-maker and antiques dealer, Pascale Desir Maisonneuve, Juva, a Polish prince who claimed his conceptual flints were art by stone-age man and Auguste Forestier, the wood-carver collected by Pablo Picasso and others

The show also features rarely shown artists feted by Dubuffet’s associate, the art critic Michel Tapié. These include Maurice Baskin, Pierre Giraud and Jan Křížek.

The Art of Brut is an essential complement to understanding Jean Dubuffet’s life and work. These artworks are rarely presented in such depth outside specialist museums, such as la Collection de l’Art Brut (Dubuffet’s own collection, now in Lausanne).

Duration 22 May 2021 - 01 August 2021
Times by appointment
Cost Free
Venue The Gallery of Everything
Address 4 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7PS
Contact 442074868908 / GE@GALLEVERY.COM / http://www.gallevery.com/

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