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Until now, the notion of abstract Art Brut amounted, at best, to an oxymoron, and at worst, to antinomy. Now, should we allow ourselves to look at the works, rather than blindly allowing the exclusions that Jean Dubuffet based his theory on, we must accept the evidence: in numerous ways, many works of Art Brut escape the figuration to which we thought we could limit this domain.

Already in 1922, the psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn preferred his patients’ works which revealed “a more ‘pure’ state inasmuch as the gesture that created them wouldn’t be subject to the interferences of cultural conditioning and artistic skill”, as Raphael Koenig points out in the text of our catalogue, to the ones that were much too narrative.

Dubuffet, in putting together his conception of Art Brut, notably in opposition to the abstract art that was popular in his day – at most, he would accept the seismography of spiritualists – probably didn’t see to what extent non-figurative Art Brut widened his quest for essentialness considerably.

Thus, abstract Art Brut, according to the profound movement from which it comes, takes the most diverse forms: there is the compulsive and gestural form of one Baker or one Bonnelalbay; that other one where sibylline cosmologies stretch out, as in the work of Kemp or Way; the one where psychic cartographies are traced out, dear to Salen and Košek; the cryptographic and symbolic form of one Devlin and one Gaitán ; also the one that is the fruit of psychic trances experienced by Lonné or Zéphir; yet another whose volumes transfigure the materials that compose them, as in Bellucci and Tassini’s work; not to mention the geometric abstraction of one Moser or one Brizuela, and so many others. As many forms of expression whose eloquence and intensity echo Rimbaud in A Season in Hell : “I used to write down silences and nights, I made note of the indescribable. I captured dizzy spells”.

exhibition view of *in abstracto*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2017. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *in abstracto*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2017. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *in abstracto*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2017. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
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untitled, n°105 (both sides) - © christian berst — art brut
John Devlin untitled, n°105 (both sides), 1988
11.02 x 8.66 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Raphaël Lonné untitled, 1975
10.24 x 7.87 in
jacqueline b, 1960. - © christian berst — art brut
Jacqueline B
portrait de Beverly Baker - © christian berst — art brut
Beverly Baker
Franco Bellucci - © christian berst — art brut
Franco Bellucci
untitled, 1966. indian ink on paper, 9.45 x 12.56 in - © christian berst — art brut
Thérèse Bonnelalbay
portrait - © christian berst — art brut
Anibal Brizuela
Fernand Desmoulin - © christian berst — art brut
Fernand Desmoulin
portrait of john devlin - © christian berst — art brut
John Devlin
portrait of pepe gaitàn - © christian berst — art brut
Pepe Gaitán
Alexandro Garcia - © christian berst — art brut
Alexandro Garcia
xie hong - © christian berst — art brut
Xie Hong
john urho kemp - © anonymous, christian berst — art brut
John Urho Kemp
portrait - © © Mario del Curto, christian berst — art brut
Zdenek Košek
Joseph Lambert - © christian berst — art brut
Joseph Lambert
portrait of raphaël lonné - © christian berst — art brut
Raphaël Lonné
Albert Moser - © christian berst — art brut
Albert Moser
Michel Nedjar - © christian berst — art brut
Michel Nedjar
yuichi saito - © yamanami, christian berst — art brut
Yuichi Saito
patricia salen - © christian berst — art brut
Patricia Salen
leopold strobl, gugging - © marco prenninger, christian berst — art brut
Leopold Strobl
portrait of pascal tassini - © mario del curto, christian berst — art brut
Pascal Tassini
melvin way - © christian berst — art brut
Melvin Way
henriette zéphir - © christian berst — art brut
Henriette Zephir
In abstracto
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *In abstracto*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2017 - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Raphaël Koenig
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition In abstracto, from June 8th to July 15th, 2017.

Press review
christian berst, l’un des plus éminents spécialistes de l’art brut
Nora Bouarioua, Alsace 20. June 10, 2017.
in abstracto
La Rédaction, Le Vadrouilleur Urbain. June 6, 2017.
In abstracto BFMtv
Language French
in abstracto a journey into abstract art brut
Language French
in abstracto

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