Known for pioneering art brut or “raw art,” the late French artist Jean Dubuffet is back. The Pace Gallery is showcasing one of the artist’s works from the Hourloupe. The Hourloupe was a cycle of massive environmental sculptures that started as doodles with a ballpoint pen. Titled Le Cirque, this massive three-dimensional piece stands 13 feet high.
The artist was known for using graphic images and symbols with rough surfaces made of materials such as tar, gravel cinders, and ashes. Le cirque is considered to be one of the final works from the series, which started in 1962 and ran until 1974.
The Pace Gallery released a statement regarding the art. It reads: “Le cirque is a habitable environment that suggests an urban plaza, which Dubuffet first conceived and sculpted in 1970 as a model for future enlargement at architectural scale.[It] is one of the last remaining works from the late-1960s and early-1970s to be realized at heroic size. Marking a crucial moment in Dubuffet’s deeply influential oeuvre, it stands as a major achievement in the artist’s sculptural practice and heralds the final chapter in his celebrated Hourloupe cycle.”
Check out Le cirque in the images and head over to the Pace Gallery’s website to find out more immediately. The exhibit will be on display until October 24th. Be sure to keep it locked with The Culture Curators for more from the art department coming very soon.
Photos via Pace Gallery