IFPDA Executive Director Jenny Gibbs invited Leïla Jarbouai (Conservatrice des arts graphiques, Musée d'Orsay) to select a list of favorites from the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair.
"I wish I had more time to develop a longer list, there are so many interesting and beautiful artworks in the IFPDA Online Fair. I made random (but feminist-oriented!) choices, not connected with Orsay's collection. I accepted the invitation more as an art lover and art historian than as a curator at Orsay -- these choices are purely personal and have no link with the institution I work with. Overwhelmed by the number of artworks on the website, I choose to let chance guide me."
Among the drawings, one of my favourite is Deux automobiles (two cars) Peugeot Fiat by Jean Dubuffet. This drawing was made a few years after Roland Barthes described in Mythologies the car (DS Citroen) as a perfect, smooth, with perfectly fluid lines and jointless magic object, and the modern equivalent of gothic cathedrals. Dubuffet totally distorts this magic object and makes it imperfect, awkward, tinkered…, the opposite of one expects from a car, especially during the Trente Glorieuses, the post-war economic boom. He transforms the cars into a kind of animal skins or flying and childish monsters. It is the joyful revenge of fantasy upon standardization.