17th Annual Virginia and Ira Jackson Lecture: "Soul of the Underground: The Art of Jean Dubuffet"

17th Annual Virginia and Ira Jackson Lecture: "Soul of the Underground: The Art of Jean Dubuffet"
Jean Dubuffet, Le Braconnier, 1953, lithograph on Arches paper, edition 18/20, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Dr. Marc Moldawer. Photo © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985), whose practice was shaped by a rebellious attitude toward prevailing notions of high culture, beauty and good taste, was a relentless innovator who worked fluidly between mediums from painting and drawing to printmaking and large-scale outdoor sculpture. In the politically charged milieu of postwar Paris, as artists and poets struggled to create amid physical and societal wreckage, Dubuffet explored new artistic strategies. He turned his attention to quotidian subjects that were often ignored or disparaged; experimented with nontraditional materials including gravel, foliage and tapioca; and commenced a cycle of dissolution and reconstitution in which he made work, cut it apart and reordered it into new compositions.

Sarah Suzuki shows that through these efforts, Dubuffet not only battled to create a new art, but also sought a new vision for a changed world. A reception follows the lecture.

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When

10.30.14 | 6:30 pm

Where

1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

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Admission is free.