“Op art”

40th anniversary of the Vasarely Fondation

To celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of Victor Vasarely as well as the 40th birthday of the Fondation Vasarely, an exhibition called “MultipliCité”, devoted to the artist, will be held from 2 June to 2 October 2016. “MultipliCité” is a three-part exhibition presented by the Musée Vouland in Avignon, the Château de Gordes and the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence. The Musée Vouland will be presenting an exhibition called “En mouvement”; the Château de Gorde, “L’Alphabet plastique”; and finally “L’Art pour tous” in the Centre Architectonique that hosts the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence. The exhibition is being organised in partnership with the Fondation Vasarely, the Fondation Vouland, the Musée de Gordes, the Pécs Museum in Hungary (from where the artist originates) and finally the Budapest Museum. Born in 1906, Vasarely produced unique and socially-aware work while living through the 20th century’s events. A major figure in Kinetic Art and Optic (Op) Art, he continually asserted art’s social dimension, following in the trail of the...

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Postwar Polish painter Wojciech Fangor dies at 92

Painter Wojciech Fangor has died aged 92 on 25 October 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. Mr. Fangor, was a distinctive painter to emerge from postwar Poland. He was recognized for his blurred circles, amoebas and cloud shapes in dense, saturated colours. Fangor first became known in the United States in the 1960s, when his work was included in two group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One was in 1965, with the “The Responsive Eye” exhibition of Op Art. In 1970, he had a one-man show at the Guggenheim Museum. His work, perched midway between Color Field painting and Op Art, dazzled critics, notably John Canaday of The New York Times. “As a colorist he has extended the limits — and keeps on expanding them — of the simplest optical laws,” Mr. Canaday wrote, calling him “the great romantic of Op Art, working not by rule but by a combination of intuition and experiment, appealing not to reason but to our yearning toward the...

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Indiana State University Art Gallery presents “POPOP: Pop and Op Art”

From 18 August to 19 September 2014, Indiana State University Art Gallery is to present the exhibition “POPOP: Pop and Op Art”. The exhibition is comprised of 53 works exploring multiple mediums including silkscreen printing, lithography, painting, sculpture and ceramics. Created between 1965 and 2011, the works belong to the Pop Art and Op Art movements, as well as other satellite movements such as Funk Art or the Chicago Imagists. The recent acquisition of an Andy Warhol silkscreen print, as well as other works by artists belonging to these two movements, has allowed the Gallery to add to an already important collection, which includes Green Boy by Ed Paschke, a member of the Chicago Imagists and the second wave of American Pop Art artists. Other notable works include two Warhol screenprints belonging to the Cowboys and Indians series and Claes Oldenburgs’s 1965 series London Knees. Furthermore, two ceramics by Dick Hay and Richard Anuszkiewicz’s Inward Eye feature in the exhibition. Other artists featured in the exhibition include: Joseph Albers, Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Bridget Riley, Larry Rivers and Victor Varsarely....

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Online auction of Op Art works by Victor Vasarely at Paddle8

Paddle8 is currently presenting an online auction of Op Art works by Victor Vasarely, in partnership with Fondation Vasarely and Sotheby’s, to continue until 27 May 2014,  The auction, which has been live since 3 May, features paintings and prints by Vasarely, created especially for the Foundation. The proceeds from the auction are to go towards the restoration of 44 monumental works as well as some constructional maintenance in the Fondation Vasarely, in Aix-en-Provence. The Foundation is a non-profit institution directed by Pierre Vasarely, Victor Vasarely’s grandson, and celebrates the artist’s legacy, aiming to bring “art for all”. Known as the Father of Op Art, Victor Vasarely was born in Hungary in 1906. During his career he collaborated with celebrated figures including Yves Saint Laurent and David...

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Movement in affair: agreement reached in plagiarism dispute

Berlin, 20 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). An agreement has been reached in a plagiarism row between artists Bridget Riley and Tobias Rehberger, over a black-and-white checkerboard piece produced by Rehberger for the Berlin State Library. The wall-sized installation was brought into question by Riley, who said the work plagiarised her 1961 Op art painting Movement in Squares, and demanded that the piece be removed from the library’s reading room, for which it was commissioned. Rehberger’s counter-argument, however, was that the checkerboard pattern is in the public domain. The work has been covered up since the dispute began in March 2013, but now, following anagreement reached on 15 December, it is to go back on display, carrying the caption “Uhrenobjekt nach Movement in Squares von Bridget Riley” (“watch object after Movement in Squares by Bridget Riley”). It has also been announced that Rehberger is to be the subject of a major retrospective at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, entitled “Tobias Rehberger: Home and Away and Outside”, to run from 21 February to 11 May...

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