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An unpublished publication based on the work of Pepi, alias Josef Hofer.

This catalogue, illustrated with personal photographs of the artist, and accompanying 150 drawings from the period 1995-2013, offers a glimpse of a grandiose and prolific work of about 1500 drawings, enriched by an interview between Josef Hofer’s cousin, Renate Sager, and Elisabeth Telsnig, editor of this book. Pepi’s childhood and family atmosphere is retraced here, as well as the political context of Austria in recent years.

Text in French, English and German, written by Elisabeth Telsnig.

Photographer: Franz Murauer

Dimensions: 24.5/30.5cm; 280 pages

Josef Hofer
josef hofer drawing - © © florian moser, christian berst — art brut

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, nouvelle parution

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