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Josef Hofer, who has been a resident of an Austrian institution for more than 30 years, does not speak, he draws instead. Tirelessly. In the mirror that he uses and hands us, individuals try to take their rise in the straitjacket of the frame with an eroticized grace, untamed. His productions - to which Michel Thévoz has devoted several essays - depict a founding duality between the body and the psyche. Present in many museum collections, he is also part of great private collections: Antoine de Galbert (France), Amr Shaker (Switzerland) or even of the collection of Arnulf Rainer (Austria), who considers him “the greatest of the brut artists.”

josef hofer drawing - © © florian moser, christian berst — art brut
Date 1945 —
Country Austria

Josef Hofer might not speak, but he draws constantly. He was born in 1945 and spent his early life on a farm in Upper Austria. The family lived in isolation since Josef and his brother both suffered from learning difficulties and hearing and speech problems – Joseph also had impaired mobility – and his father wished to spare them from being teased by the locals and, more importantly, to protect them from the Nazis and, later, the Soviets. When Josef’s father died in 1982, his mother took him and his brother to live in Kirschlag, giving him the chance for some social contact and the opportunity to attend a day clinic. These changes proved beneficial, and Josef even spoke a few words. He later became an inpatient at an institution in Ried, where Elisabeth Telsnig spotted his love of drawing and encouraged his creativity.

Pepi, as he signs his works, observed and narrated his own life. His works are a mirror reflecting himself and the spectator and revealing the hypnotic infancy of art. As Michel Thévoz writes, “Josef Hofer is in a state of grace” – an erotic, untrammelled form of grace where the body strives to break free from the prison of the frame. The sensual, raw nudity shines through the confident, unpolished lines in warm hues.

Numerous exhibitions and publications have been devoted to Josef’s art since the retrospective held by the Collection de l’Art Brut in 2003. His drawings – shown at our gallery in 2008, at Drawing Now Paris in 2009 and 2010, and at Art Paris 2010 – are now featured in all the major Art Brut collections world-wide. His work was shown at Turin 2010 by the Museum of Everything, while 2011 will see a retrospective of his work, together with a catalogue, in Prague. Later this year, he will also become the first artist to have a second retrospective devoted to his work at the Collection de l’Art Brut, accompanied by a major book-length study.

Artworks
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Untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Untitled, 2007
11.42 x 16.54 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2014
11.42 x 16.54 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2005
8.27 x 11.42 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2013
16.54 x 11.42 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2014
27.56 x 19.69 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2005
23.23 x 16.54 in
JOSEF HOFER. untitled - © christian berst — art brut
JOSEF HOFER. untitled, 2014
11.42 x 16.54 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2014
16.54 x 11.42 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2016
8.27 x 11.42 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2012
11.42 x 16.54 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2012
11.42 x 16.54 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2012
11.42 x 16.54 in
Catalog
Josef Hofer transmutations
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *Josef Hofer : transmutations*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2016. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Elisabeth Telsnig & Philippe Dagen
Forewords : Christian Berst.
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Josef Hofer : transmutations, from December 5th, 2015 to January 16th, 2016.

Exhibitions
In the flesh
veritable bodies, at the gallery. From June 14 to July 12, 2020.
in abstracto #2
at the gallery. From March 5 to June 6, 2020.
À deux
by Gustavo Giacosa, galerie Zola, Aix-en-Provence. From January 17 to March 7, 2020.
drawing now 2019
Carreau du Temple. From March 27 to 30, 2019.
Leben in art brut
coll. Hannah Rieger, Bildraum, Vienna. From July 14 to August 16, 2018.
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do the write thing 2
read between the lines, at the gallery. From April 26 to June 2, 2018.
Histories of violence
a dialogue between the works of the treger saint silvestre collection, Núcleo de arte da oliva, Portugal. From April 14, 2018 to February 28, 2019.
drawing now 2018
Carreau du Temple. From March 22 to 25, 2018.
heterotopias
architectural dwellings, at the gallery. From December 9, 2017 to January 20, 2018.
3rd Biennale de l’Art Brut
Bodies, Lausanne, Suisse . From November 17, 2017 to April 29, 2018.
Living in art brut
123 works from the Hannah Rieger Collection, Musuem Krems an der Donau. From September 8 to October 26, 2017.
The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
The Golden Ratio Laws
Oliva Creative Factory, Portugal. From April 29 to September 30, 2017.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies , Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal . From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
The eloquent place
new works by Josef Hofer and Harald Stoffers, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York. From September 8 to October 8, 2016.
Writescape
Textual Poetry of Art Brut, Entrepot Gallery, Monaco. From July 12 to September 29, 2016.
On The Wire
by Jean-Hubert Martin, at the gallery. From April 9 to May 22, 2016.
Salo IV
Erotic Drawings Fair, Paris. From April 8 to 10, 2016.
Josef Hofer
Transmutations, at the gallery. From December 5, 2015 to January 16, 2016.
PreTENse
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
NADA Art Fair
2015, New York. From May 14 to 17, 2015.
Art brut live
DOX centre for contemporary art, Praha. From March 27 to August 17, 2015.
Drawing Now 2015
Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 25 to 29, 2015.
The Schiele Incident
Recent Works by Josef Hofer, at the Gallery in New York City. From February 19 to April 12, 2015.
do the write thing
read between the lines, new york gallery. From October 30 to December 21, 2014.
Art brut
ABCD Collection / Bruno Decharme, la Maison rouge, Paris. From October 17, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
Cadré et Recadré
by Terezie Zemankova, Galerie Kabinet T, République tchèque. From September 16 to October 31, 2014.
The Wall
Antoine de Galbert Collection , la Maison rouge, Paris. From June 14 to September 21, 2014.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
curator Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. From June 1 to September 11, 2014.
Red House
by Christian Berst , Today Art Musuem, Pékin . From October 26 to November 11, 2013.
outsider art fair
paris. From October 24 to 27, 2013.
Raw Vision
25 years of art brut, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris . From September 18, 2013 to August 22, 2014.
Josef Hofer, nouvelle parution
new release. August 28, 2013.
Drawing Now 2013
Carrousel du louvre, paris. From April 11 to 14, 2013.
Josef Hofer and the mirror
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. From March 9 to May 13, 2012.
josef hofer
alter ego, at the gallery. From December 2, 2011 to January 14, 2012.
salon du dessin contemporain 2011
drawing now, caroussel du louvre. From March 25 to 28, 2011.
art paris 2010
From March 18 to 22, 2010.
salon du dessin contemporain 2009
From March 19 to 24, 2009.
salon du dessin contemporain
From April 10 to 14, 2008.
josef hofer
corps à corps, at the gallery. From January 11 to February 16, 2008.
Josef Hofer
monography, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. From June 6 to August 24, 2003.
exhibition view of *historias de violencia*, curator : gustavo giacosa, oliva creative factory, sao joao da madeira, portugal, 2018. - © oliva creative factory, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Josef Hofer : alter ego*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2012 - © © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *in abstracto #2*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2020. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Press review
déconfinement : 7 expositions à voir à paris en mai 2020
La Rédaction, Télérama Sortir. May 18, 2020.
les galeries parisiennes en mode numérique
Anne-lys Thomas, The Art Newspaper Daily. April 10, 2020.
coronavirus: les galeries d’art passent en mode virtuel
Guy Boyer, Connaissance Des Arts. March 27, 2020.
fama leva art brut para itu
Jamyle Rkain, Arte ! Brasileiros. September 26, 2019.
graphomanies brutes
Claire Margat, Art Press. December 7, 2018.
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hétérotopies : architectures habitées
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. January 8, 2018.
L’art brut mis en avant à la galerie l’Entrepôt
Monaco Info. July 14, 2016.
Josef Hofer
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. January 13, 2016.
Exhibition of works by Josef Hofer opens at Christian Berst art brut
Artdaily.org. December 8, 2015.
Exposition Transmutations - Josef Hofer - Galerie Christian Berst Art Brut
La Rédaction, Artistik Rezo. December 8, 2015.
The Schiele Incident
Paul Brown , Raw Vision. August 5, 2015.
Artists to Watch at NADA New York 2015
Artspace Editors, Artspace. May 22, 2015.
Le dessin contemporain dans tous ses états
AFP, L’Essentiel. March 26, 2015.
L’art brut s’invite à Drawing Now
Agathe Chéron, Art/ctualité. March 25, 2015.
en marge (Josef Hofer)
Nathalie De Saint Phalle, FauxQ. March 2, 2015.
l’art brut sous les feux des projecteurs
La Rédaction, La Tribune.fr. October 15, 2014.
L’art brut à contre courant
Aurelie Romanacce, Pascaline Vallee Et Patrick Le Fur, Arts Magazine. August 29, 2014.
5 clefs art brut le singulier en question(s)
Colin Cyvoct, L’oeil. October 18, 2013.
Dessins (prière de toucher)
Philippe Ducat, Oh Cet Echo. April 16, 2013.
Zwischen Playmobil und Selbstbetrachtung, Die auBergewöhnliche Welt des Josef Hofer
AQ. November 1, 2012.
Christian Boltanski & Philippe Dagen : l'art brut est-il soluble dans l'art contemporain ?(extraits)
Christine Dory. January 26, 2012.
L'innocent accroché aux murs
Christophe Donner, Le Monde - Le Magazine. December 24, 2011.
Josef Hofer, alter ego
Marie-Jeanne Caprasse, Paris Art. December 22, 2011.
Josef Hofer, alter ego
Bénédicte Philippe, Telerama Sortir. December 14, 2011.
interview of christian berst on josef hofer exhibition for Paris Web TV
Sandrine Lancien, Présenté Par Smahen, Officiel Galeries Et Musées.com. December 13, 2011.
Josef Hofer, alter ego
L'officiel Des Galeries Et Musées. December 2, 2011.
L'émotion brute dans le guide du marché de l'art 2011
Le Figaro / Beaux Arts. April 15, 2011.
They are n°1
Surface. August 20, 2010.
Art Paris nouvelle formule, Foire ou spectacle
Beaux Arts. March 1, 2010.
Josef Hofer : corps à corps
David Maclagan, Raw Vision. July 2, 2008.
Invitation à l'exposition : Josef Hofer : corps à corps
Animula Vagula. January 15, 2008.
Collections
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
France
Antoine de Galbert collection
France
collection de l’Art brut
Switzerland
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
France
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
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Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Switzerland
Hannah Rieger collection
Austria
Arnulf Rainer collection
Austria
Antoine Frérot collection
France
Trinkhall museum
Belgium
art)&(marges collection
Belgium
collection Sylvie and Stéphane Corréard
France
Video
Christian Boltanski & Philippe Dagen : l’art brut est-il soluble dans l’art contemporain ?
Language French
Josef Hofer

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