Monument with Standing Beast

128 W Randolph St Chicago

Chicago's Loop: Public Art Walking Tour/Monument with Standing Beast
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You don't have to go far to get to our next piece of fabulous art. You'll stay on the same block and just head east (towards the lake) to 128 W. Randolph. Just off the corner in front of the James R. Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building) entrance,​ you can't miss Monument with Standing Beast.

One of our favorite pieces in the entire city, welcome to Monument with Standing Beast by French painter & sculptor Jean Dubuffet. Jean is associated with the Art Brut movement which was adopted via synonym for “outside art” or “raw art” meaning art created by people who weren’t professionals. This included untrained artists, children and even the insane. As a French artist Jean doesn’t have many pieces in the US. His affection for the city began in the 1950s when he delivered a lecture at the Arts Club. This piece represents a standing animal, a tree, a portal, and an architectural form. Dubuffet hoped that it would resonate with the average person walking the street – but unfortunately, this was met with scorn when it was unveiled - which you'll notice is somewhat of a trend. Sadly Jean passed shortly after the unveiling in 1984 so he never knew how much the city cherished his work. Many other artists had tremendous respect for Dubuffet. His 1985 obituary stated, “If Chicago art of the '50s and '60s can be said to have a spiritual father, it was Mr. Dubuffet.” Below is another Debuffet piece located in Houston, TX.

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Monument with Standing Beast

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