We are saddened to tell you that we we will temporarily close our gallery to the public, beginning on March 15th. We remain open only by appointment.
The safety of our community is our utmost priority and we abide by all recommended measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are deeply sorry to our visitors who have not had the opportunity to enjoy our current exhibition "in abstracto #2". We cannot wait to welcome you back into the gallery, and we look forward to staying in touch through our social channels & by email.⠀
We wish you all good health,
christian berst art brut team⠀
The Christian Berst art brut gallery presents from March 5 to April 18 " in abstracto #2 " a collective exhibition of abstract artworks produced by about twenty classical and contemporary artists.
Art brut and abstraction, far from any figuration
Until now, the notion of abstract art brut has been at best an oxymoron and at worst an antinomy. Now, if we are willing to look at the works, rather than blindly admit the exclusions on which Jean Dubuffet based his theory, we must face the facts: many works of art brut escape in many ways from the figuration in which we thought we could keep this field locked up.
As early as 1922, psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn preferred to the overly narrative works of his patients those that manifested a "purer" state, in that the gesture that gives rise to them would not be subject to the interference of cultural conditioning and artistic know-how. "The exhibition catalogue text by Raphaël Koenig emphasizes this.
Dubuffet, in forging his conception of Art Brut as opposed to the abstract art popular at the time - at most he accepted the seismographs of the spiritualists - certainly did not appreciate the extent to which non-figurative Art Brut considerably broadened his quest for essentiality.
In this second part of in abstracto - among nearly thirty artists - we will introduce for the first time the stunning undulating drawings of Julius Bockelt, the roundabout tracings of Séverine Hugo or the elliptical graphics of Alexandre Vigneron. To these will be added other remarkable nuggets, such as these "divine marks" by Frédéric Bruly-Bouabré, these Siamese blue stars by Johann Hauser, this hieratic composition by Vlasta Kodrikova or this magnetic assembly by the Philadelphia wireman.
Thus, abstract art brut, depending on the profound movement from which it proceeds, takes on the most diverse forms. So many expressions whose eloquence and intensity echo the Rimbaud of the Season in Hell: "I wrote silences, nights, I noted the inexpressible. I stared at dizziness".
- Beverly Baker
- Julius Bockelt
- Thérèse Bonnelalbay
- Kostia Botkine
- Frédéric Bruly Bouabré
- Eugène Gabritschevsky
- Jill Gallieni
- Alexandro Garcia
- Madge Gill
- Johann Hauser
- Anton Hirschfeld
- Josef Hofer
- Séverine Hugo
- Vlasta Kodrikova
- Joseph Lambert
- Le cheminot (anonyme)
- Momoko Nakagawa
- Hiroya Oji
- Marco Raugei
- Yuichi Saito
- Leopold Strobl
- Pascal Tassini
- Oswald Tschirtner
- Alexandre Vigneron
- Philadelphia Wireman
- in abstracto #2 - du 05/03 au 18/04 - christian berst art brut, paris authors la rédaction in point contemporain, february 26, 2020.
- in abstracto #2 - en galerie authors alexia lanta maestrati in l'oeil, february 26, 2020.
- sélection galeries : key hiraga chez loeve&co et « in abstracto #2 » chez christian berst authors philippe dagen, emmanuelle lequeux in le monde, march 13, 2020.
- in abstracto #2 authors bénédicte philippe in télérama sortir, march 13, 2020.
- coronavirus: les galeries d’art passent en mode virtuel authors guy boyer in connaissance des arts, march 27, 2020.