Pace Gallery, New York
September 10 – October 26, 2013
32 E 57th Street New York
+1 212.421.3292

This solo exhibition of Jean Dubuffet’s drawings made between 1975 and 1985 features 52 works, mostly black and white but concluding with the primaries: red, yellow and blue. They range in content from figurative to abstract and elemental forms. Made during the last ten years of his life and career, these drawings are “landscapes of the mind,” a space between being and fantasy. In Dubuffet’s own words, these works are “excursions in no man’s space.”

In 1974, after 12 years spent on his Hourloupe cycle (the artist’s longest-running series), Dubuffet began new experiments, expanding his color palette and brushwork and revisiting techniques such as collage from earlier periods in his career. These late drawings are intimate in scale (ranging in size from 20 by 27 1/2 inches to 9 13/16 by 8 11/16 inches) compared to Dubuffet’s other late projects such as his expansive Théâtres de Mémoire [Theaters of Memory], yet embody the same structural approach.

Dubuffet (1901–1985) is commonly noted as one of the most influential painters of the twentieth century and was the subject of twelve major museum retrospectives in his lifetime and actually coined the term “Art Brut” which served as a predecessor to outsider art of the late 40s.