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François Morellet

Bruno Facchetti Gallery

François Morellet—a French artist born in 1926 who was in the forefront of both Minimalism and Conceptualism in his native country—is little known in the United States. Between 1953 and 1956, he produced pieces that foreshadowed with amazing precision later works by Joseph Albers, Frank Stella, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, and others. Aspects of systems art and Op art were also intuitively articulated in his work before the movements that would finally bear those names emerged. Three of the works shown here continue Morellet’s long investigation into the random placement of geometrical elements, which goes back to a work of 1958 called Random Distribution of Triangles using the odd and even numbers of a telephone directory. He places white canvases on the wall in configurations alluding to the placement of human heads in three classic kitsch paintings—E. G. Leutze’s Washington Crossing the

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