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Lévy Gorvy
909 Madison Ave.
at 73rd St.
New York, NY



Mon-Fri, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; through August 18


Neon in Daylight: François Morellet

Neon in Daylight: François Morellet

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As the sun stretches into its longest days, we immerse ourselves in summer’s slower modulations of daylight, its protracted evenings and shorter shadows. We find renewed pleasure in the city’s lights—the streams of car headlights on the parkway, the flicker of street-lamps in the parks, the meteors that tear through the sky above it all. “Neon in daylight is a great pleasure,” wrote Frank O’Hara of the uncanny glow of lamps that burn despite the hour.

The five neon sculptures comprising Neon in Daylight: François Morellet reveal the artist’s unique mixing of rigorous neutrality and wry humor. Two 2012 works from the Ready Remake series, for example, place subtle silhouettes referencing Duchamp and Manzoni—Fountain, and Merda d’artista —under neat vertical arrangements of white neon tubes. Démonétisation n°5 (La Meule) (2009) employs the same technique in a nod to Monet. Destabilizing the viewer’s perception in both somatic and intellectual ways, Morellet’s work is experienced actively, as a sequence of unfolding revelations dawn on the viewer.