Sep 29 Thu 10-11.30am Morgan Retrospective of Jean Dubuffet’s Childlike Drawings


Dubuffet Drawings, 1935–1962
September 30, 2016 through January 2, 2017

New York, NY, August 24, 2016 — In the mid-1940s, French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) shocked the art establishment with his paintings inspired by children’s drawings, graffiti, and the art of psychiatric patients. Rejecting conventional notions of beauty and good taste, Dubuffet asserted that invention and creativity could only be found outside traditional cultural channels. In his efforts to emulate the immediacy of the untrained and untutored, he often turned to drawing, a medium in which he could indulge his passion for research and experimentation.

Opening at the Morgan Library & Museum on September 30, Dubuffet Drawings, 1935–1962 is the first museum retrospective of the artist’s works on paper. The exhibition includes approximately one hundred drawings from Dubuffet’s most innovative decades and features rarely seen works borrowed from private and public collections in France and the United States. His favorite subjects were mundane activities of everyday life—taking the subway, bicycling in the countryside—but he also tackled traditional genres like the portrait, the female nude, and the landscape, all the better to subvert expectations with his outrageous depictions. Insatiably curious, Dubuffet explored unorthodox materials and techniques, instilling into his drawings a sense of adventure that has kept them vibrant and relevant to this day. The exhibition will be on view at the Morgan through January 2. It will then travel to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (January 29 to April 30). The exhibition and its catalogue will showcase extensive new research on Dubuffet’s drawings by the curator Isabelle Dervaux and her colleagues.

“Jean Dubuffet’s career is marked by a fearless commitment to innovation and experimentation,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “Despite his commanding role in the postwar avant-garde and his influence on the art of the following decades, Dubuffet has received less attention than other artists of his generation, such as Jackson Pollock or Willem de Kooning. The recent wave of interest in art brut, or outsider art, which Dubuffet championed, has led to renewed attention to his painted and graphic work.”

**Press Preview: Thursday, September 29, 10–11:30 am**

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