Installation view of Jean Dubuffet: A Fine Line, A Selling Exhibition at S|2 New York.
NEW YORK – Jean Dubuffet’s career was marked by a resistance to classical modes of artistic practice, favouring instead the commonplace over the rarified and the raw over the refined. As he developed his style and method in 1940s Paris, Dubuffet looked to art made by untrained artists, children and the mentally ill, and embraced unconventional materials and techniques.
Seeking a purity of form and intention, he implemented a rudimentary vocabulary of primitive imagery and utilised non-traditional media such as tar, gravel, ashes and sand. Dubuffet developed an alternative language to evoke the most basic energy of art, untouched by convention yet accessible to all.
Works by the late 20th-century artist are now on exhibition in Jean Dubuffet: A Fine Line, an S|2 Selling Exhibition at Sotheby's New York, which will include works priced between $50,000 and $4 million.