Laissées (1994-95)

The Laissées (Leftovers, though the French name is taken from wild animal droppings) were produced from monumental Tabulas from the CAPC exhibition in 1981, which were cut up with a utility knife; Hantaï then selected pieces and reframed them, adding blank canvas if necessary. “In the cuts [coupes] made by the canvas, the knife’s overcut [surcoupe] (overcoup [surcoup]). (S.H.)