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François Morellet

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

The exhibition “Blow-up 1952–2007: Quand j’étais petit je ne faisais pas grand” (When I Was Little I Didn’t Work Big) featured eleven paintings by François Morellet from 1952 and their copies, made in 2006, four times larger in height and width. The original works present flat fields of color in geometric patterns that could extend infinitely beyond the paintings; they represent Morellet’s idea of allover painting and demonstrate the importance he placed on making visible a system rather than on creating a composition. Made with industrial oil paint on plywood, the works are small (several are 15¾ x 27½"), thin, and slightly yellowed and cracked with age. Morellet painted them with the aid of masking tape and a roller-tipped instrument used for painting pinstripes on baby carriages in the factory owned by his family, where he worked as manager and designer. In 1952, these works were among

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