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Item Name: Print
Title: Gono
Maker: Francois Dallegret
Year: 1968
Country: Canadian
Materials: lithograph
Measurements: in frame: 67 cm x 52 cm; work: 66 cm x 51 cm
ID Number: ART 091
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: French Canadian architect François Dallegret’s work often blurs the line between art and design. His vision was shaped by the radical architecture and design movement of the late 1960s, as typified by the work of the experimental French artist, Yves Klein and the architectural firm, Superstudio. Dallegret is interested in how technology can improve our everyday lives, and he is known for combining a clean, architectural style with elements of humour. In this lithographic print, Dallegret’s use of metallic inks and sleek, symmetrical forms create a mechanical and futuristic look. While the subject of this print appears to be quite abstract, the title “Gono” is a prefix used in biology, meaning “sexual” or “reproductive” which suggests that the shape of Dallegret’s design is based on reproductive organs. François Dallegret (1937- ) was born in Morocco. His father was an architect with the Trans-Sahara railroad. After WWII, his family moved to France. Dallegret studied architecture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 1958-63. He was eager to leave France and moved to New York for nine months before settling in Montreal, where his career in design and architecture flourished. Dallegret has contributed to several significant projects, including Expo 67, a “world exhibition” held in Montreal for Canada’s 100th birthday. In the 1960s, he designed two architecturally ground-breaking club spaces in downtown Montreal, “Le Drug” and the “New Penelope”. His artwork has exhibited internationally, including at a major retrospective at the Musée du Québec (1999), the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2001), the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal (2003), and the Mudam in Luxembourg (2007).