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For the first time in France, Jean-Hubert Martin - historian of art, heritage officer and curator (Magicians of the Earth (1989), Carambolages (2016), …) has accepted the invitation of two galleries in Paris, christian berst art brut and Jean Brolly gallery to curate an exhibition intiating a fertile dialogue between Art Brut and contemporary art.

The exhibition On the Wire is to discover from Saturday 9 April 2016, at the same time in the two galleries, and will be the object of a catalogue (200 pages) with a text of Jean-Hubert Martin and prefaces written by Jean Brolly and Christian Berst.

Art Brut has entered a new era : formerly followed by enlightened amateurs as rare as they were exclusive, these works, having risen from alterity, are now frequently associated with more predictable artistic productions. But the stakes of including them in the field of licensed art go much further than the questions about how they are shown or the way they are contextualized.

Indeed, the typical dialectic seems to have no hold over these works, which are devoid of any explicit reference to art history. They oblige us, on the contrary, to rethink this history, which, from now on, can no longer be seen as a continuum, but rather as a rhizomatic complex structure. A network where history, cultures, sources and forms no longer interact according to an almost-Darwinian and Western-centric linearity, but a network that forces us to reconsider art as a substantive and metaphysical human fact. A gesture in which the magical and the mysterious transcend the previous partitions and nullify the comfortable bipolarities as well as the deceptive quest for beauty.

By what means, then, should we penetrate and interpret the works, those which are “unthought” by academies, and those which are produced under the tutelary yoke of art history ? Comparison is not reason –it may even be folly – but putting such heteroclitic productions into an entropic dialogue is a path that offers the most exciting perspectives. It was the one chosen by Jean-Hubert Martin – starting with Magicians of the Earth, in 1989, up until Carambolages, today – by looking for the emergence of a hidden sense in the collision and juxtaposition of themes or forms. Also by inviting the observer to take on his own share, his own responsibility, enjoining him to think with his eyes, to stand On the Wire.

artists exhibited : Didier Amblard, Bernard Aubertin, Denise Aubertin, Beverly Baker, Franco Bellucci, Ben, Eric Benetto, Thérèse Bonnelalbay, Marina Bourdoncle, Frédéric Bruly-Bouabré, Misleidys Castillo Pedroso, Rosa Cazhur, Nicolas Chardon, Alan Charlton, Mathieu Cherkit, Jean Claus, Vincent Corpet, Krijn de Koning, John Devlin, Janko Domsic, Eugène Dodeigne, José Manuel Egea, Sebastián Ferreira, Filip Francis, Alexandro Garcia, Paul Armand Gette, Fengyi Guo, Thomas Hirschhorn, Josef Hofer, Xie Hong, Rémy Hysbergue, Myung Ok-Han, Peter Kapeller, John Urho Kemp, Adama Kouyaté, Eugène Leroy, Pierre Molinier, Albert Moser, Michel Nedjar, Marilena Pelosi, Raphaëlle Ricol, Royal Robertson, Patricia Salen, David Scher, Daniel Schlier, Milton Schwartz, Judith Scott, José Johann Seinen, Henry Speller, Harald Stoffers, Benjamin Swaim, Ionel Talpazan, Miroslav Tichý, David Tremlett, Bernard Voïta, August Walla, We are the Painters (Nicolas Beaumelle & Aurélien Porte), Scottie Wilson, Adolf Wölfli, Carlo Zinelli, Zorro.

Exhibition view of *On the wire : by Jean-Hubert Martin*, christian berst art brut et Jean Brolly gallery, Paris, 2016 - © ©christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *On the wire : by Jean-Hubert Martin*, christian berst art brut et Jean Brolly gallery, Paris, 2016 - © ©galerie Jean Brolly, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *On the wire : by Jean-Hubert Martin*, christian berst art brut et Jean Brolly gallery, Paris, 2016 - © ©christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Artists
portrait de didier amblard - © christian berst — art brut
Didier Amblard
portrait de Beverly Baker - © christian berst — art brut
Beverly Baker
portrait de franco bellucci - © bargellini, christian berst — art brut
Franco Bellucci
portrait of éric benetto - © christian berst — art brut
Eric Benetto
untitled, 1966. indian ink on paper, 9.45 x 12.56 in - © christian berst — art brut
Thérèse Bonnelalbay
portrait of misleidys castillo pedroso - © christian berst — art brut
Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso
portrait of Rosa Cazhur - © © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Rosa Cazhur
portrait of john devlin - © christian berst — art brut
John Devlin
Janko Domsic - © christian berst — art brut
Janko Domsic
sebastián ferreira - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Sebastián Ferreira
Alexandro Garcia - © christian berst — art brut
Alexandro Garcia
guo fengyi drawing - © christian berst — art brut
Fengyi Guo
josef hofer drawing - © © florian moser, christian berst — art brut
Josef Hofer
xie hong - © christian berst — art brut
Xie Hong
Peter Kapeller - © Photo : Florian Reese, christian berst — art brut
Peter Kapeller
john uro kemp - © anonymous, christian berst — art brut
John Urho Kemp
Albert Moser - © christian berst — art brut
Albert Moser
Michel Nedjar in his workshop - © christian berst — art brut
Michel Nedjar
Marilena Pelosi - © christian berst — art brut
Marilena Pelosi
royal robertson - © christian berst — art brut
Royal Robertson
patricia salen - © christian berst — art brut
Patricia Salen
Milton Schwartz - © christian berst — art brut
Milton Schwartz
judith scott huging her artwork. - © christian berst — art brut
Judith Scott
portrait of henry speller - © photo: william arnett, 1987, christian berst — art brut
Henry Speller
harald stoffers - © christian berst — art brut
Harald Stoffers
ionel talpazan - © christian berst — art brut
Ionel Talpazan
Miroslav Tichy - © christian berst — art brut
Miroslav Tichy
august walla - © mario del curto, christian berst — art brut
August Walla
Scottie Louis Freeman Wilson - © christian berst — art brut
Scottie Louis Freeman Wilson
adolf wölfli - © christian berst — art brut
Adolf Wölfli
carlo zinelli - © christian berst — art brut
Carlo Zinelli
Press review
Sur le fil
Claire Margat, Art Press N°434. May 20, 2016.
La pensée visuelle sur le fil
Philippe Godin, Diagonale De L’art, Blog Libération. May 12, 2016.
Sur le fil
Lucien Rieul, L’Oeil. April 27, 2016.
Sur le fil
Laurent Boudier Et Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. April 20, 2016.
Videos
Sur le fil curated by jean hubert martin
Language French
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On The Wire

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