beyond the boundaries season 2008
discoveries and recent acquisitions
“What comes into the world to disturb nothing deserves neither consideration nor patience,” wrote René Char.
It is now a tradition, and this new beyond the boundaries season will once again offer enlightened amateurs the opportunity to let themselves be disturbed by our discoveries and new acquisitions of the past months.
From the edges of art brut with Elisabeth Rochline, Monique Le Chapelain or Davide Cicolani to the creators who form the beating heart of the estate such as Raimundo Camilo, Johann Korec - who has just passed away -, Raphaël Leonardini, Sava Sekulic, Henry Speller or Kurt Vondal. Not forgetting the troubling messages drawn by the mediums Henriette Zéphir - cherished by Dubuffet since the 1960s - and the very rare Joële - who was none other than the Viennese symbolist artist Nina Karasek.
Johann Korec grows up in institutions for homeless youths. After attending a school for retarded children, he works as a laborer at a farmstead. He is committed to Gugging mental hospital in 1958. Since 1981, he lives and works there in the House of Artists. He had already begun working artistically in the 1960s. Based on copies of illustrations that appeared in newspapers, and over several years time, he develops an independent painting technique of his own. His ink and aquarelle pictures primarily depict loving couples and erotic scenes, which can be interpreted as an illustrated diary.
For half a century, Henriette Zéphir, a French mediumistic artist, devoted herself entirely to her “inner guide”, for which she never stopped creating. Her drawings captivate in their singular overall composition, but also in the force of its details. Halfway between pointillism, geometric abstraction and Fauvism, her work reflects an enlightened modernism. Discovered by Jean Dubuffet, she was presented, as early as 1967, in the historical exhibition of art brut at the Musée des Art Décoratifs (France). Today, her work is seen among the largest collections of art brut in the world, such as that of Arnulf Rainer, while the gallery dedicated a monograph to her in 2010.
Henry Speller was born in the settlement of Panther Bum in the Delta country of Central Mississippi. He grew up working on Delta where he often drew pictures during his lunch breaks. In 1939, he left Mississippi for Memphis, Tennessee. Speller moved to a house located a few blocks from Beale Street, the musical heart of Memphis. He was an accomplished blues musician who played guitar with Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. The imagery and insistent rhythms of the Delta blues flow through Speller’s work, but his iconography is an explicit commentary of the social, economic, and racial exclusions he observed throughout his life.