• Installation view, François Morellet (Booth C10) at Frieze Masters, London 2018. Lévy Gorvy in collaboration with kamel mennour. Curated by Béatrice Gross. © ADAGP François Morellet. Photo: Julie Joubert. Courtesy Studio Morellet; Lévy Gorvy, New York/London; kamel mennour, Paris/London.

  • Installation view, François Morellet (Booth C10) at Frieze Masters, London 2018. Lévy Gorvy in collaboration with kamel mennour. Curated by Béatrice Gross. © ADAGP François Morellet. Photo: Julie Joubert. Courtesy Studio Morellet; Lévy Gorvy, New York/London; kamel mennour, Paris/London.

  • Installation view, François Morellet (Booth C10) at Frieze Masters, London 2018. Lévy Gorvy in collaboration with kamel mennour. Curated by Béatrice Gross. © ADAGP François Morellet. Photo: Julie Joubert. Courtesy Studio Morellet; Lévy Gorvy, New York/London; kamel mennour, Paris/London.

  • Installation view, François Morellet (Booth C10) at Frieze Masters, London 2018. Lévy Gorvy in collaboration with kamel mennour. Curated by Béatrice Gross. © ADAGP François Morellet. Photo: Julie Joubert. Courtesy Studio Morellet; Lévy Gorvy, New York/London; kamel mennour, Paris/London.

  • Installation view, François Morellet (Booth C10) at Frieze Masters, London 2018. Lévy Gorvy in collaboration with kamel mennour. Curated by Béatrice Gross. © ADAGP François Morellet. Photo: Julie Joubert. Courtesy Studio Morellet; Lévy Gorvy, New York/London; kamel mennour, Paris/London.

  • Installation view, François Morellet (Booth C10) at Frieze Masters, London 2018. Lévy Gorvy in collaboration with kamel mennour. Curated by Béatrice Gross. © ADAGP François Morellet. Photo: Julie Joubert. Courtesy Studio Morellet; Lévy Gorvy, New York/London; kamel mennour, Paris/London.

  • Installation view, François Morellet (Booth C10) at Frieze Masters, London 2018. Lévy Gorvy in collaboration with kamel mennour. Curated by Béatrice Gross. © ADAGP François Morellet. Photo: Julie Joubert. Courtesy Studio Morellet; Lévy Gorvy, New York/London; kamel mennour, Paris/London.

  • Installation view, François Morellet (Booth C10) at Frieze Masters, London 2018. Lévy Gorvy in collaboration with kamel mennour. Curated by Béatrice Gross. © ADAGP François Morellet. Photo: Julie Joubert. Courtesy Studio Morellet; Lévy Gorvy, New York/London; kamel mennour, Paris/London.

Frieze Masters

London
October 4 - 7, 2018

Booth C10

Regent's Park
London

Frieze Masters

On the occasion of Frieze Masters, Lévy Gorvy and kamel mennour are pleased to present a joint booth exhibition of work by French artist François Morellet (1926-2016)—a precursor of conceptual art and a major figure of postwar geometrical abstraction. Curated by Béatrice Gross, the exhibition brings together two dozen historical works dating from 1954 to the late 1970s. These masterworks testify to the extraordinary versatility of Morellet’s system-based, and often witty art, as well as to the prolific scope of his oeuvre.

Curated to honor and echo Morellet’s unique creative output, the design of the booth is based on a grid measuring 80 cm—the dimension favored by Morellet for the majority of the paintings he made during the period considered. These dimensions are also reflected in the construction and placement of Néons 0°, 45°, 90°, 1963, the artist’s inaugural foray into the medium of neon. Complementing Morellet’s work will be the photograph Êtes-vous heureuse ? (1987), a metaphorical portrait of the artist taken by American artist Louise Lawler, which hung in the dining-room of Morellet’s house in Cholet, France. An homage to the self-declared “freak child of Mondrian and Picabia,” as the artist described himself in an autobiographical text from 1987, the scenography presents Morellet’s work in accordance with his meticulous logic of order and harmony, underpinned by a dynamic of controlled chaos that pays tribute to the artist’s Dada spirit.

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Selected Works

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  • François Morellet.
    Répartition aléatoire de 40 000 carrés suivant les chiffres pairs et impairs d’un annuaire de téléphone, 50% bleu, 50% blanc,
    1961.
    Silkscreen paint on wood,
    31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches (80 x 80 cm).
    © 2018 François Morellet / Artists Rights Society, (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 
    Photo: Julie Joubert.

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  • François Morellet.
    Tous les 4 tous les 9,
    1974.
    Silkscreen paint on wood,
    31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches (80 x 80 cm).
    © 2018 François Morellet / Artists Rights Society, (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 
    Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein.

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  • François Morellet.
    5 doubles trames de grillage 0°, 18°, 36°, 54°, 72°,
    1974.
    Wire mesh on painted wood,
    31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches (80 x 80 cm).
    © 2018 François Morellet / Artists Rights Society, (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 
    Photo: Archives kamel mennour.

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  • François Morellet.
    Sphère-trames,
    1962.
    Stainless steel,
    23 5/8 inches diameter (60 cm).
    © 2018 François Morellet / Artists Rights Society, (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 

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  • François Morellet.
    10 lignes au hasard,
    1975.
    Acrylic on canvas,
    23 1/16 x 23 1/16 inches (60 x 60 cm).
    © 2018 François Morellet / Artists Rights Society, (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 
    Photo. Archives kamel mennour.

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  • François Morellet.
    Néons 0°, 45°, 90°, 135° avec 4 rythmes interférents,
    1963.
    White neon tubes in metal and Plexiglas boxes,
    63 x 63 inches (160 x 160 cm).
    © 2018 François Morellet / Artists Rights Society, (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 
    Photo. Archives kamel mennour.

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Selected Press

Hyperallergic | This Year’s Frieze Masters Signals the Changing Identity of the Art Fair

October 15, 2018

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ArtLyst | Frieze Week 2018 Through The Shredder – Zoltan Alexander

October 11, 2018

These masterpieces clearly show the extraordinary versatility of Morellet’s system-based work. A homage …

Artnet | Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and for How Much—at Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2018

October 9, 2018

Here is a (partial) roundup of notable sales at the fair—take it all with a pinch of salt—as compiled …

The Business Times | Facing Insecurity, Art Dealers Play it Safe

October 6, 2018

ART dealers and art museums have always had a symbiotic relationship. Dealers lend work to museums, and …

Artribune | Frieze Masters ha superato Frieze? Intanto ecco i 10 stand da non perdere

October 5, 2018

Sconfinata personale di François Morellet con opere di tutte le tecniche (wallpaper, quadri, sculture, …

The Financial Times | Ambition Takes Root at Frieze in London

October 5, 2018

Striking booths proliferate; Rybolovlev sues; TEFAF 'recalibrates.'

The New York Times | In London, a Frenzied Frieze Week in the Shadow of Brexit

October 5, 2018

“Ultimately, the effects will be decided by whatever the tax benefits and special encouragements are …

The Times | 10 Visual Treats To Look Out For At The Frieze Art Fair

October 5, 2018

When you can no longer tell your Alÿs from your El Greco, it's time to leave the tents.

Galerie | See Highlights of Frieze London and Frieze Masters

October 4, 2018

From up-and-comers like Kelly Akashi to historic figures like François Morellet, here are some of the …

Artnet | Frieze Masters Opens With Moderate Sales and an Opportunity for Dealers to ‘Play’

October 3, 2018

Dealers here largely abandon the greatest-hits strategy that can make art fairs feel like anonymous, …

Art Observed | AO FAIR PREVIEW – LONDON: FRIEZE LONDON ART WEEK, OCTOBER 4TH – 7TH, 2018

October 2, 2018

Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park this week, bringing with it its reputation for presenting the …

Monocle | Comment: Frieze Preview, London

October 2, 2018

Collectors, critics and curious onlookers gather in London each October for Frieze London and Frieze …

Connaissance des Arts | Londres, un marché exigeant

September 29, 2018

Du 4 au 7 octobre, Londres devient l'épicentre du marché de l'art mondial avec ses deux salons annuels, …

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