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Silver on Black by François Morellet

Silver on Black by Francois Morellet
Accession Code: wu0558
Title: Silver on Black
Date completed:
Medium: Prints
Location Name: Picture Store

© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017

The 'Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel' which Morellet co-founded in Paris in 1960 was engaged in kinetic and optical art, a class of geometrical abstraction based on the exploitation of perceptual ambiguities and other optical devices to cause illusions of movement and visual irritation. To activate vision a maximum of geometrical clarity and machine-like precision is sought. In this screenprint the strong contrast between the light foreground and the dark background evokes the intense spatial quality of the work, whilst the regular pattern of the filigree, lace-like silver grid seems to flicker, to disappear and reappear.