French Artist François Morellet Dies at 90


François Morellet poses in front of light installations on February 28, 2011, at his retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Courtesy of Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images.

Artist François Morellet has died, just a few days after turning 90. The news was confirmed to Le Monde by his Paris-based gallerist Kamel Mennour.

Born in Cholet in 1926, Morellet is widely recognized as one of the key figures in concrete and kinetic art.

He enjoyed a long and illustrious international career, which included more than 130 solo exhibitions at institutions like Paris' Centre Pompidou and Musée d'Art Moderne, as well as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. His work is in a number of museum collections, including the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim.

Morellet began painting in 1946 in a semi-figurative style, gradually evolving towards abstraction in the decades to follow.

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