Annely Juda Fine Art is pleased to present this exhibition of works by Francois Morellet and Kasimir Malevich. Francois Morellet's first solo-exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art was in 1977 and Kasimir Malevich's work has been included in our first Non-Objective Worldexhibition in 1970 and in many since then.
The exhibition includes recent works by Morellet, which reflect his interest in Kasimir Malevich's Suprematist works. The three Sous-Prmatisme works in this exhibition use the three Suprematis motifs of circle, square and cross. These works are made of white neon tubes and are essentially white on white. The Negatif series plays on Malevich in a different way. The works all include a black spare and white neon tubes with the neon tubes positioned in different angles and juxtaposed to the black square.
We are delighted to include a major painting by Kasimir Malevich Black Square, which has been kindly lent to us by the State Museum of Contemporary Art - Costakis Collection, Thessaloniki in Greece. Also in this exhibition is a selection of 13 drawings by Malevich.
Born in 1879 to Polish parents and died in 1935 in Leningrad, Kasimir Malevich is one of the first abstract artists of the twentieth century. Painter, draftsman, sculptor and theorist, he was the creator of an artistic movement which he named "Suprematism." His works are present in the collections of many major museums worldwide.
Born in Cholet in 1926 Francois Morellet worked in his father's business between 1948 and 1975. He taught himself to paint but also took lessons from a painter. His early landscapes, portraits and still lifes were executed in pastose brushwork in a subdued palette but they soon gave way to painting distinguished by stylized pictorial elements. By 1950 FranÃ§ois Morellet was styling himself an "abstract painter". That year Morellet had his first one-man show at the Galerie Creuze in Paris.
In the mid-1950s Francois Morellet was preoccupied with configuring the picture field as an infinite structure reaching beyond the confines of the picture itself. In so doing, Francois Morellet eliminated the all-over technique of a Jackson Pollock from his range since Morellet based each work on principles and systems established in advance. FranÃ§ois Morellet was in fact more interested in method than in the finished painting.
Morellet joined "GRAV" ('Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel': 1960-1968), a group of Kinetic artists who explored the possibilities of the visual arts in a scientific and experimental way. Determined to find a new medium of expression, Francois Morellet used neon from 1963 as his material of choice. What interested Morellet in neon tubing was its specific material properties: its luminosity, the way it could be made to shut on and off automatically and the fact that it was manufactured.
From 1968 Francois Morellet became interested in architecture and space. He was given commissions for working in public spaces, including the Centre culturel in Compiegne, the La Defense section of Paris and the Kroller-Muller Museum Park in Otterlo.
In 1992 Francois Morellet summed up his work himself in "Relache n degree 1" by combining in it all the materials he had ever used: painted canvas, neon tubing, adhesive tape and strips of metal. Following aleatoric principles, Francois Morellet allowed chance to transform his materials into an aesthetic disorder. His provocative stance and humor place Morellet closer to Dada than to Geometric Abstraction and Minimal art.
Francois Morellet lives in Cholet and Paris.