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      Stephanie Chadwick

Jean Dubuffet, Bricoleur

Portraits, Pastiche, Performativity

One of the most prolific and influential artists of the 20th century, Jean Dubuffet has featured in a multitude of exhibitions and catalogues. Yet his work remains some of the most misunderstood—and least interrogated—post-war French art. Les mer
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One of the most prolific and influential artists of the 20th century, Jean Dubuffet has featured in a multitude of exhibitions and catalogues. Yet his work remains some of the most misunderstood—and least interrogated—post-war French art. In Jean Dubuffet, Bricoleur: Portraits, Pastiche, Performativity, Stephanie Chadwick re-examines his portraits (a veritable who’s who of the Parisian art and intellectual scene) through the lens of his writings and in tandem with the art and literature of his Surrealist sitters.

Dubuffet, while posing as an outsider himself, mingled with many great artists and theorists. He also celebrated Art Brut (the art of ostensible outsiders), developing an elaborate and nuanced stream of conceptual resources to reconfigure painting and reframe post-war anticultural discourses. This book investigates Dubuffet’s painting as bricolage, uncovering his reliance on a culture of anticulture and the appropriation of motifs from Surrealism to the South Pacific, to explore themes of multivalence, performativity, and multifaceted identity in his portraits.
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Forlag: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 256
ISBN: 9781501349454
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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«This groundbreaking study forms a necessary and timely reevaluation of Jean Dubuffet's forays into the genre of portraiture, in which Chadwick deftly employs the concepts of bricolage, pastiche, and performativity to shed new light on Dubuffet's important relationships with leading cultural figures of his time, including Michel Tapié, Jean Paulhan, Antonin Artaud, and Henri Michaux.»

Kent Minturn, Core Lecturer for Art Humanities, Columbia University, USA

«With this new volume, Chadwick offers fresh interpretations of Dubuffet’s mark-making, especially connecting his radical practice to Surrealist ideas in deeply intertextual readings. By focusing on a tightly constructed group of works, Chadwick expands previous understandings of Dubuffet’s portraits in the rich context of post-war French intellectual thought.»

Sandra Zalman, author of Consuming Surrealism in American Culture: Dissident Modernism (2015)
List of Plates
List of Figures
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Learning How to Smear: How to Paint a Portrait in Postwar Paris
2. Art as Other: Surrealism, Collage, and Oceanic Art in the Portraits of Michel Tapié, Jean Paulhan, and the Company of Art Brut
3. Painting and Its Double: Surrealist Performance, Ethnography, and the Balinese Theater in the portraits of Antonin Artaud
4. A Barbarian in the Gallery: Southeast Asian Art and Performance in the Portraits of Henri Michaux
5. Conclusion: Animating the Material: Assemblage, Theatricality, and Performativity in Dubuffet’s Self-Portraits

Bibliography
Index
Stephanie Chadwick is Associate Professor of Art History at Lamar University, USA.