François Morellet, ‘Sphere-Trame’, 1962, ARCHEUS/POST-MODERN
François Morellet, ‘Sphere-Trame’, 1962, ARCHEUS/POST-MODERN

Morellet's Sphère-Trame was conceived in 1962, and was made in several different sizes. It is a defining object of the mid-century movement in minimalist sculpture, and displays extraordinary optical properties when suspended at eye-level.

This size was planned as an edition of 50, although only 15 were executed.

Manufacturer: Published by Galerie Denise René, Paris

Acquired directly from the artist; Private collection, Switzerland.
Registered in the Morellet Archives under reference number 62001 E and accompanied by a photo-certificate signed by the artist.

About François Morellet

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.

French, 1926-2016, Cholet, Maine-et-Loire, France