Boston

Vase of Flowers, 1927.

Vase of Flowers, 1927.

Boston

Jean Fautrier

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
July 16, 2013–July 20, 2003

Haggerty Museum of Art
1234 W Tory Hill St Marquette University
September 19–December 29, 2002

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
615 W. 129th Street 6th Floor
January 28–March 29, 2003

Curated by Curtis L. Carter and Karen Butler

Jean Fautrier’s art has always been a matter of taste, and his often seemed pretty bad, down to the snakeskin shoes he famously wore to the opening of his war-inspired “Hostage” series. Some critics argue that the later paintings’ flirtation with kitsch is deliberate. Now we have a chance to judge for ourselves with this long-overdue first US retrospective. Organized by Haggerty Museum director Curtis L. Carter and Karen Butler of Columbia University, the exhibition surveys Fautrier’s forty-year career and is accompanied by a catalogue with contributions by the curators, along with Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, and Rachel Perry.