domenica 5 aprile 2009

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré: The Knowledge of the World

February 20 – March 28, 2009
The drawings of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (b. 1923, Ivory Coast) lie somewhere between the mystical griot traditions of Africa and the diaristic, self-reflective, and archival traditions of the Western world. From 1958 onward, Bouabré kept journals and created drawings that helped him organize the relationships between the spiritual, physical, and linguistic worlds he experienced. In the 1970s, he began to produce postcard-sized drawings on cardboard with ball point pen and colored pencils, entitled The Knowledge of the World, which explored an encyclopedic variety of themes including mathematics, African history, linguistics, advertising, sex, religion, and world politics. This exhibition will present over 200 works on paper never before seen in the U.S. Co-curated by Brett Littman and André Magnin.

Above: Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, From the series “Signes relevés sur noix de cola,” 2007. Colored pencil and ballpoint pen on cardboard, 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches. Courtesy C.A.A.C. The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva.

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