This anthology of writings by artist François Morellet (1926–2016) presents new translations of texts, several never before published in English, that concern his early development, from the 1950s—during which he elaborated the systematic conception of art that would govern his practice throughout his life—to the 1960s, when he was a founding member of the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel. With humor and clarity, Morellet details his plans for a “programmed experimental painting”; a call for active participation by viewers of contemporary art; the influence of Mondrian, van Doesburg, Max Bill, and others on his work and the ways in which he tried to eliminate choice as much as possible from his grid paintings; and, most satirically, the ways to recognized as a “serious” artist.

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