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Malcolm Mc Kesson - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1909 — 1999
Pays United States

The force of Malcolm McKesson’s work – transgressive, liberated, born of an exalted urge – invites the subjugated viewer to contemplate an impression of the uncanny. The artist lays bare part of what is buried deep, guiding us to the heart of our own familiar terra incognita.

Malcolm McKesson came to art by an unusual path. Born to a well-heeled New York family, he graduated from Harvard and worked for the family chemical company for twenty years before withdrawing from professional life in his forties. With the support of his wife, the poet Madeline Mason, he decided to devote himself to his art. He began covering sheets of paper with a ball-point pen, working on the shapes as if sculpting them, until the multitude of lines gradually lent volume and consistency to his imaginary creatures. Eventually, the play of chiaroscuro revealed a shadowy, serious presence, as generous as it was ghostly.

McKesson used this imaginary world to explore his own sado-masochistic fantasies, using it as the artistic counterpart to his short story Matriarchy : Freedom in Bondage. The drawings are characterised by violent, sensual eroticism, the ample figures of the characters fully fleshing out their carnality. Yet these fundamentally androgynous creatures question the difference between the genders, blurring socially accepted codes and conceptions. Malcolm McKesson’s fascinating, lascivious, spectral art has been acquired by major art brut collections such as the Collection de l’Art Brut (Lausanne) and The Museum of Everything (London).

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sans titre (two women) - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre (two women), 1985
30.5 x 44.7 cm
sans titre (black rod) - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre (black rod), 1980
26.8 x 20.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1980
27.8 x 35.4 cm
sans titre (portrait) - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre (portrait), 1980
12 x 20.3 cm
sans titre (man servant) - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre (man servant), 1980
10.3 x 24 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1990
25.4 x 33 cm
standing servant - © christian berst — art brut
standing servant, 1980
30.5 x 44.7 cm
my three personalities - © christian berst — art brut
my three personalities, 1996
28 x 21.6 cm
sans titre (St.Patrick cathedral) - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre (St.Patrick cathedral), 1986
26.3 x 34.7 cm
Drawing Now 2018
Carreau du Temple. Du 22 au 25 mars 2018.
Vestiges & Verse
Notes from the Newfangled Epic, American Folk Art Museum, New York. Du 21 janvier 2018 au 27 décembre 2017.
The museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. Du 17 juin 2017 au 2 avril 2018.
Le mur
collection Antoine de Galbert, la Maison rouge, Paris. Du 14 juin au 21 septembre 2014.
salon du dessin contemporain 2011
drawing now, caroussel du louvre. Du 25 au 28 mars 2011.
*drawing now*, le carreau du temple, paris, du 22 au 25 mars 2018. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
*do the write thing 2: read between the lines*, christian berst art brut, paris, du 26 avril au 2 juin 2018. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
collection Prinzhorn
collection Antoine de Galbert
American Folk Art Museum
collection Treger Saint Silvestre
collection Amr Shaker
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collection Dammann
Malcolm Mc Kesson

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