François Morellet

Musée National du Jeu de Paume

A FEW CHOICE PAGES extracted from a vast volume—that would be one way to describe the François Morellet exhibition recently presented by the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume. This two-story space, once a temple of Impressionism, is sizable enough, but it still couldn't accommodate a complete retrospective (thus making the necessity for one all the more glaring) of a prolific artist, now seventy-four years old, whose first pictorial forays date back to the immediate postwar period.

Nonetheless, curator Daniel Abadie, who organized the exhibition in close consultation with Morellet himself, managed to skillfully assemble a selective anthology of the artist's work—a process that involves at least as much sacrifice as choice—without hesitation or remorse, cleanly dispensing with entire sections of his oeuvre. To get off to a vigorous start, no work prior to 1952 was included,

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