«Julio Le Parc is among the progenitors of the Op Art, or Kinetic Art»
|Julio Le Parc, Quantitative Sequences, 1959. From: Julio Le Parc 1959, The Met Breuer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, December 4, 2018 – February 24, 2019|
Julio Le Parc is an Argentinian artist best known for his pioneering works of Kinetic Art. Depicting labyrinthine spaces using optical illusions and mirrored surfaces, many of his paintings predate the Op Art movement. In his seminal work Lumière en Vibration (1968), Le Parc projected light through plexiglass sheets in regulated intervals, creating a prism-like space in which light rhythmically pulses.
|Julio Le Parc, Continuel Lumière Cylindre, 1959. From: Julio Le Parc 1959, The Met Breuer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, December 4, 2018 – February 24, 2019|
“I wanted to leave aside sentimentality to allow accessibility to people who had no history, to involve them,” he once reflected. “I was attacking the static nature of artworks. More importantly, I was attacking the idea of the extraordinary artist.” Born on September 23, 1928 in Mendoza, Argentina, he attended the School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires before moving to Paris in 1958. Le Parc along with Yvaral reacted to the expressive approach of Tachisme and CoBra artists like Karel Appel and Jean Dubuffet, by creating a controlled sensorial experience for the viewer. In 1966, Le Parc received the Grand Prize in Painting at the 33rd Venice Biennale.
|Julio Le Parc, 14 Colores - Diagonal, (detail), 1959. From: Julio Le Parc 1959, The Met Breuer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, December 4, 2018 – February 24, 2019|
In 2016, Le Parc was the subject of his first solo museum exhibition in North America, “Form in Action,” which opened at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and included over 100 works. The artist currently lives and works in Cachan, France. Today, his works are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others. via artnet
|Julio Le Parc, Relief 25, 1970|
|Julio Le Parc, Secuencias en rotación en blanco y negro, 1959-2014|
|Julio Le Parc, Projet couleur n° 4, 1959, Atelier Le Parc|