François Morellet, ‘ Diagonales hors cadre n° 1’, 2011, Painting, Acrylic
on canvas and white neon, A arte Invernizzi
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François Morellet

Diagonales hors cadre n° 1, 2011

Acrylic on canvas and white neon
52 × 52 in
132 × 132 cm
Location
Milan
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François Morellet
French, 1926–2016
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In the 1960s, Francois Morellet joined Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel (Visual Art Research Group, or GRAV), an experimental group that made installations using non-traditional art materials. Morellet rejected the idea of the individual genius-artist and adopted a stance that artists are facilitators. “By the early Sixties, my friends in the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel and I had become convinced that the age of painting, of canvases and sculptures had come to an end, over forever,” Morellet explains. “We were passionate about modern materials that hadn’t yet been ‘polluted’ by traditional art. We particularly liked anything that could produce movement or light.” Working primarily in neon, which appealed to Morellet because it combines line, light, and, when blinking, movement, Morellet gave his enigmatic pieces incongruous titles, using puns and palindromes, to keep them from appearing too solemn.

François Morellet, ‘ Diagonales hors cadre n° 1’, 2011, Painting, Acrylic
on canvas and white neon, A arte Invernizzi
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François Morellet
French, 1926–2016
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In the 1960s, Francois Morellet joined Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel (Visual Art Research Group, or GRAV), an experimental group that made installations using non-traditional art materials. Morellet rejected the idea of the individual genius-artist and adopted a stance that artists are facilitators. “By the early Sixties, my friends in the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel and I had become convinced that the age of painting, of canvases and sculptures had come to an end, over forever,” Morellet explains. “We were passionate about modern materials that hadn’t yet been ‘polluted’ by traditional art. We particularly liked anything that could produce movement or light.” Working primarily in neon, which appealed to Morellet because it combines line, light, and, when blinking, movement, Morellet gave his enigmatic pieces incongruous titles, using puns and palindromes, to keep them from appearing too solemn.

François Morellet

Diagonales hors cadre n° 1, 2011

Acrylic on canvas and white neon
52 × 52 in
132 × 132 cm
Location
Milan
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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