Jean Dubuffet. The photographic tool

I believe that this is capitally what I expect from a work of art: that moving direct imprint that it can deliver of thought and life. Some kind of photogram.“ Jean Dubuffet, 1962

Jean Dubuffet distinguishes himself by the importance he gives to documenting his work and his creative process, from his "Journaux des travaux", in which he transcribes the techniques used for each work, to the many texts he writes about his work and his approach to art. Photography holds a predominant place in this archive, and particularly in the exhaustive inventory of his works, each subject of which is illustrated by a black and white photographic print. Dubuffet also gathers all the documents related to its current events (exhibition views and press clippings devoted to it).

Although the artist has little interest in photography as a form of expression, he is well aware of its importance as a means of disseminating, or even promoting, his work (from his correspondence to his publications). It pays a great deal of attention to this and thus devotes a large budget to these operations. The study of the archives reveals other uses of photography closely related to his work. Throughout his career, Dubuffet continued to experiment with new materials and tools, and temporarily invested several photographic processes and techniques, from the Vérascope, through photomontage to projection.

Jean Dubuffet. The photographic tool

Under direction of Anne Lacoste, Sam Stourdzé et Sophie Webel

23 x 28 cm, 272 pages
Published by Photosynthèse 
ISBN : 979-10-95822-05-9
CHF 52.-

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