Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground

At MOMA last week, I caught the above show on the 3rd floor, in the Drawing Galleries. It is a varied show of smaller pieces in various media. I had never seen a group of Dubuffet pieces together and, rather against my expectations, found them fascinating. A very nice show, carefully and attractively presented.

Of particular interest to me was a charcoal statue, entitled “Cursed Gossip” and dating from June 1954. It reminded me of a charcoal statue which Peter Watson owned in London and which got mysteriously stolen from his flat in Palace Gate and returned broken to him. He probably acquired it around that time.