Jean Dubuffet (1935-1962) was a pioneer of "art brut", and is “the most renowned French artist in the United States” along with Yves Klein, according to collector Franck Prazan. Around 100 of Dubuffet’s drawings from French and American collections will be exhibited at the Morgan Library in New York from September 20 to December 2 of this year.
Dubuffet influenced figures such as Basquiat and Keith Haring. This radical, versatile artist — capable of producing large-scale, colorful canvases, drawings, collages, utopian architecture crafted in polyurethane and sculptures in charcoal and clinker — revolutionized the art world in the 20th century. And yet, other than works sold at auction and a retrospective exhibition organized to mark the 100-year anniversary of his birth at the Centre Pompidou in 2001 — which unfortunately opened just two days after the September 11 attacks on the United States — Dubuffet was rarely acclaimed in France, where his talent struggled to gain recognition. But his works were met with rapturous applause in the United States thanks to the support of his agent Pierre Matisse, who played an essential role in the[...]