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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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(1901 – 1985), France

Jean Dubuffet Biography

Jean Dubuffet was a radical painter, printmaker and sculptor, determined to break down many of the barriers between high and low art in his search for the authentic or genuine. Dubuffet explored unusual materials in his innovative visual practice and tirelessly promoted art brut (outsider art). Highly influential as a writer on peripheral forms of art-making, Dubuffet generated considerable interest in untutored art practices hitherto considered repulsive, childlike, medically therapeutic or for prison inmates, opening up new fields of research into image production and eventually new markets—a development he would later parody. Yet for all his success and influence in the art world, he came to his artistic practice late in life—in his early 40s. Up until then he ran a wholesale wine business.

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Regarding clumsy paint application, inaccurate draughtsmanship and muddy, disturbingly faecal-like textures—created by mixing oil paint with sand, tar and straw, and embedding detritus—as positive attributes, Dubuffet's ideas were very unusual, though often not entirely new. They grew out of his dislike of meticulous craftsmanship and refined intellectualism, an interest in children's art and a wish that his works look worn, scratched and battered. He despised the precious and exalted. He saw the unrestrained, raw, instinctive and violent as positive, valuable and oddly innocent. He was also attracted to the work of Dr Hans Prinzhorn, who studied the art of the mentally ill.

An inveterate exhibition-maker popular in North America and Europe, Dubuffet championed anti-bourgeoisie, anti-academy culture and non-professionalism with several styles, though he is best known for using red and blue, and compressed, organic, wobbly shapes on polystyrene. Later in his career he worked in fibreglass and resin in black and white. For most of his career, he concentrated on portraits of ordinary people, farm animals and mundane household objects.

From 1946 on, Dubuffet was represented by and showed regularly at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York, where he became unexpectedly popular and maintained a high profile. He was inspired by Algerian tribal art and made several trips to the Sahara.

Dubuffet presented acclaimed exhibitions at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (1960); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1962); Art Institute of Chicago (1962); Palazzo Grassi, Venice (1964); Tate, London (1966); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1966); and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1966). A book of his writings, Prospectus et tous écrits suivants (Prospectus and all subsequent texts), was published in 1967. Retrospectives include: Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (1957); Akademie der Künste, Berlin (1980); Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna (1980); Josef Haubrich Kunsthalle, Cologne (1981); and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2001).

John Hurrel | Ocula | 2018

Jean Dubuffet Featured Artworks

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Fortuite rencontre by Jean Dubuffet contemporary artwork
Jean DubuffetFortuite rencontre, 1979 Pace Gallery
Paysage avec promeneur saluant le public by Jean Dubuffet contemporary artwork
Jean DubuffetPaysage avec promeneur saluant le public, 1949Oil on canvas
88.9 x 116.2 cm
Pace Gallery
Site avec trois personnages by Jean Dubuffet contemporary artwork
Jean DubuffetSite avec trois personnages, 1976Lithograph
27 3/16 x 40 3/16 inches
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Enquire about this work
Personnage au chapeau by Jean Dubuffet contemporary artwork
Jean DubuffetPersonnage au chapeau, 1962Lithograph
66 x 50.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Enquire about this work
Rencontres en ville (Encounters in the City) by Jean Dubuffet contemporary artwork
Jean DubuffetRencontres en ville (Encounters in the City), 1980Acrylic on paper, mounted on canvas
102 x 70 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire about this work
Époux en visite (Spousses on a Visit) by Jean Dubuffet contemporary artwork
Jean DubuffetÉpoux en visite (Spousses on a Visit), 1964Vinyl paint on canvas
150 x 200 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire about this work
Mire G72 (Boléro) by Jean Dubuffet contemporary artwork
Jean DubuffetMire G72 (Boléro), 1983Acrylic on paper, mounted on canvas
67 x 100 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire about this work
Arbre Le Circonvole by Jean Dubuffet contemporary artwork
Jean DubuffetArbre Le Circonvole, 1970Paint on polyester
64 x 50 x 41 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire about this work

Jean Dubuffet Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Small Format at Pace Gallery, New York
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13 February–19 March 2020 Group Exhibition Small Format Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Writings on the Wall at Waddington Custot, London
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17 May–8 August 2019 Group Exhibition Writings on the Wall Waddington Custot, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Jean Dubuffet, Estampes at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
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14 March–11 May 2019 Jean Dubuffet Estampes Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 Rue de Téhéran

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Jean Dubuffet In Related Press

Jean Dubuffet at Hauser & Wirth Zurich — madness in the metropolis Related Press Jean Dubuffet at Hauser & Wirth Zurich — madness in the metropolis 14 June 2018, Financial Times

An inscription at the confluence of Zurich's two rivers, the Limmat and the Sihl, asks 'Yssel that the limmat?' before recommending 'legging a jig or so on the sihl'. It's a quotation from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake , resonant for a city where art has thrived on exquisite mimicries of insanity: Dada was born here, the anarchic Cabaret Voltaire...

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The art of management: Interview with Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC 2016 Related Press The art of management: Interview with Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC 2016 18 October 2016, AMA

Director of FIAC, Jennifer Flay shares with AMA the spirit of this 43rd edition.  AMA: What are the FIAC’s strengths this year? Jennifer Flay:  We’re very proud of the creation of On Site , found inside and around the Petit Palais; we’ve given the project this name to distinguish it clearly from the Hors...

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Frieze Art Fair 2016: The 90s makes a comeback and there's role play in the loos Related Press Frieze Art Fair 2016: The 90s makes a comeback and there's role play in the loos 7 October 2016, It's Nice That

If you visit Regent’s Park over the next few days, the usual squawks and whinnying emanating from London Zoo will be accompanied by animated chirruping and the squeak of air kisses at Frieze Art Fair nearby. As usual, gaggles of well-dressed art aficionados and admirers, collectors, journalists and even the odd celeb or two descend onto...

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Jean Dubuffet In Video & Audio

Jean Dubuffet: An Urban Imagination Related Video & Audio Jean Dubuffet: An Urban Imagination 7 June 2018, Hauser & Wirth

Curator Dr Sophie Berrebi introduces Jean Dubuffet and the City at Hauser & Wirth Zürich, the first presentation that focuses on exploring the role of the city in Dubuffet's four decades of artistic accomplishments, highlighting the artist's shifting depiction of urban characters, and the visual and experiential dynamism of Paris that...

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