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Now that Michel Nedjar has been one of the most renowned international figures in the field of Art Brut for almost 40 years already, 2017 will without a doubt be the year of consecration, as much as of clarification.

Immediately idolized by Dubuffet and crowned by Cardinal, the list of exhibits and publications that have been dedicated to him throughout the world since the 1980s is considerable.

Among the innumerable collections, both public and private – 20 new works have just joined the Pompidou collections – the events that are dedicated to him throughout the year will underscore the importance and the diversity of his work once and for all. And remind us that his work cannot be pigeonholed, or even reduced to the beginnings of Brut production.

A body of work which, while being brought from the shadows into light, proved to be prone to evolutions, to revolutions even: with time, the new dolls – full of new promise – from the series “Bundle of arrested objects” have joined the ranks of the memorial, visceral dolls from the early days; his emblematic pastels, totemic and corporeal, now appear alongside the “Galatas,” an ensemble of geometric self-portraits where the cultural and original output of the East and the West is symbolically maintained. And this, without taking into account the more recent “coudrages” and other “agrafages” which marvelously illustrate the way that Michel Nedjar, just like a harvester, reconstructs a fragmented identity.

Meanwhile, in the homage paid to him by the LaM and the National Museum of Modern Art, we can also discover Nedjar the experimental cinematographer. Thus, little by little, the portrait of an immense, protean artist materializes at the intersection of paths – one who, in the life-saving practice of creation, has never stopped embodying an absolute kind of freedom. And in doing so, resistant to all labels, has endangered all dogmas.

exhibition view of *michel nedjar : crossroads*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2017. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Artworks
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Michel Nedjar Presence, untitled | Paris Belleville, 1991
29.53 x 43.31 in
Michel Nedjar untitled | Paris St.-Martin, 2003
8.27 x 6.69 in
Artist
Michel Nedjar
Michel Nedjar in his workshop - © christian berst — art brut

He is the living most exposed and published brut artist and yet, the extraordinary trajectory of this Frenchman poses a question rarely addressed: that of the impermanence of art brut. Discovered by Jean Dubuffet during his work on the resurgence of the symbolic body, he then became the protean artist we know today and who, in creation, embodies an absolute freedom. Found in numerous collections, he is the first brut artist whose works were added to the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne (France). Since 2008, he has been celebrated through six monographic exhibitions by Le Mahj (Paris), LaM (Lille), the Gugging Museum (Vienna), and the gallery.

Catalog
Michel Nedjar crossroads
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *Michel Nedjar : crossroads*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2017. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Philippe Godin
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Michel Nedjar : crossroads, from March 16th to April 22nd, 2017.

Press review
michel nedjar ou l’indispensable versant de l’art contemporain
Bruno Dubreuil, Viens Voir. April 19, 2017.
NEDJAR Introspective
Claire Margat, La Critique.org. April 15, 2017.
michel nedjar : crossroads
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. March 29, 2017.
crossroads
La Rédaction, Paris Art. March 10, 2017.
Michel Nedjar

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