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Dubuffet and the City: People, Place, and Urban Space

‘Dubuffet and the City: People, Place and Urban Space,’ written and edited by renowned scholar Dr. Sophie Berrebi (University of Amsterdam), is the first in-depth study to address the work of Jean Dubuffet (1901 – 1984) in relation to the theme of the city. The book examines how the city plays a role in the formation and unfolding of Dubuffet’s practice and imagination as a material, a source, and a vehicle for ideas. It analyzes works in which the artist depicts city dwellers, sites and urban spaces, and discusses his architectural projects from the 1960s and 1970s against the background of heated debates in the field of urbanism. The book accompanies and extends the exhibition ‘Jean Dubuffet and the City’ at Hauser & Wirth Zürich (10 June – 1 September 2018). Along with full color reproductions of art works the book reproduces little-known archival material from the archives of the Fondation Dubuffet. It also includes several texts by Dubuffet that are translated here in English for the first time.

‘Dubuffet and the City: People, Place, and Urban Space’ has won the Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards 2019 in the category Best Contribution to Art History and the overall category Best Book Design.

Publication Details

  • Written by Sophie Berrebi
  • Book design: Linda Van Deursen
  • English
  • Softcover
  • 240 × 165 mm
  • 288 pages
  • 978 3 906915 11 1
  • Jun 2018
  • £30 / $40 / 35€ / 40 CHF
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