FROM THE COLLECTION
Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art:
Jean Dubuffet’s Appeal for Calm (Appel au Calme) depicts an urban scene that vibrates with color and energy. Having returned to Paris after a multiyear sojourn in the countryside of Vance, Dubuffet created his celebrated “Paris Circus” series (1961-62) which celebrated the energy of the city and the raw, aggressive aesthetic of his Art Brut style. Appeal for Calm captures a dreamlike street where storefront signs advertise both products and abstract concepts such as a “joyous dawn,” “misery,” “uncertainty,” and “wind at a discount.” His shoppers seek gratification in an environment that is anything but serene.
FROM THE COMMUNITY
Chris Mattingly, Louisville-based poet, book-maker, and teacher. VISIT HIS WEBSITE
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