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Works by John Devlin are currently on view at the Parterre gallery (Berlin).

Drawings XVI / Worlds follows on from the series Drawings by the Berliner Kabinett association, which was regularly on view at the Galerie im Turm in Berlin-Friedrichshain from 1992 to 2014. This new exhibition focuses on the medium of drawing, from the sketch to the draft, from the graphic image work, but also on the different working methods of the artists exhibited.

Curator: Frank Diersch.

The exhibition is curated by the artist Frank Diersch. With contributions from Jens Becker, John Devlin, Jörg Janzer, Wolfgang Krause / T.H.W. Greifenberg, Silvia Lorenz, Kata Unger and Paul Waak. In collaboration with Berliner Kabinett e.V.

John Devlin
portrait of john devlin - © christian berst — art brut

John Devlin was only 25 years old when he left Canada to study theology at Cambridge and set himself on the path to priesthood. Although he adored Cambridge, he had to return and abandon his ecclesiastical dreams because of a psychotic disorder. He thus devoted his life to drawing his own Nova Cantabrigiensis, an idealized Cambridge that became both a symbolic projection and a healing protocol. Once his great work - developed in secret - was discovered in the late 1980s, he was the subject of numerous exhibitions and publications including the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles for the iconic exhibition Photo Brut.

Drawings 16

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