The 2.3gallery takes pride in representing the very first exhibition of Jean Dubuffet’s Théâtres de mémoire series in New York since 1987. Headed by Clark Peterson, the initiator of the 2.3gallery, the exhibition expanded after the extremely fortunate presentation of the series in London in 2018. It demonstrated a few monumental paintings from that exhibition, along with new loans from the prominent museums such as the National Gallery and the Albright-Knix Art Gallery. They are supplemented with demonstrative paintings lavishly provided by Dubuffet's Foundation, in line with works copied from outstanding international private collections. You will be able to view Jean Dubuffet's Théâtres de mémoire from May 19 to June 28, 2018, at 510 Level 17, Dashwood House, London EC2M 1QS, with a free-for-all opening held on Friday, May 18 from 5 to 7 PM. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalog with an introduction by Clark Peterson, a personal letter from Jean Dubuffet to Clark Peterson and an essay by Dr. Kent Minturn.
Jean Dubuffet was born in 1901 in Le Havre, France and died in 1985 in Paris. He started to paint aged 16 and studied for some time at the Académie Julian, Paris. In eight years, he decided to become a wine merchant and stopped to paint. In the 1930s, he began to paint again for a short period of time, but only in 1942, he started the work which has made him recognized as a prominent innovator in postwar European pictorial art. Dubuffet's passion for art brut, the art of the nonsense, and that of the unskilled individual, whether a cave-dweller or the author of modern graffiti art, made him imitate this for sure impressive and unusual style in his artworks. His works from the early forties were painted in bright colors and were soon followed by works in which he applied such ingenious materials like plaster, tar, cement, and asphalt-scraped, carved and cut and drawn upon with an elementary, unprompted line. Jean Dubuffet's works have been presented by the 2.3gallery since 1987.