“Jean Dubuffet, 1943–1963: Paintings, Sculptures, Assemblages” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
June 17–September 12, 1993

Going against the fashionable trend toward Everything-He-Ever-Did exhibitions of individual artists, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is currently presenting a highly selective look at the career of Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985). The exhibition was organized by James T. Demetrion, the Hirshhorn’s director, who tells us that he regards Dubuffet as one of a “triumvirate of [postwar] European giants.” Under Mr. Demetrion’s guiding hand, the Hirshhorn has also given major shows to the other members of that triumvirate, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti.

I wouldn’t go as far as Mr. Demetrion in my praise of Dubuffet. For me, Giacometti stands head and shoulders above him as well as Bacon....


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