New York - Exhibition

The Illusive Eye

El Museo del Barrio

03 Feb 201621 May 2016

El Museo del Barrio presents The Illusive Eye, an international survey on Kinetic and Op art. The exhibition offers a broad intellectual context for Op art and geometric abstraction, one that goes against the grain of formalist art history. The selection provides a special focus on artwork from the Americas and features major artists from seventeen countries in Latin America and beyond.

“The Illusive Eye is about illusions—those we see and feel when we look at Op and kinetic art and those experienced by the curators and art historians of these movements,” said Jorge Daniel Veneciano, Executive Director, El Museo and exhibition curator. “The perceptual play of things seen and unseen provides us with a model for understanding the relative invisibility of Latin American artists in past surveys of Op art.”

The Illusive Eye puts forth a reading of Op art and geometric abstraction that is notably different from that of prior exhibitions, which focused on the psychology and physiology of perception. El Museo’s exhibition traces the concepts and values of optical art to its esoteric origins in Pythagorean (Egyptian) and Theosophical (Eastern) mysticism. The Illusive Eye places Op art in a truly international context, beyond that of the narrow European model of modernism as perpetuated by Western museums.

  • Eduardo Mac Entyre, Pintura Generativa Transparencias, 1965. Collection OAS AMA Art Museum of the Americas, Gift from Bernice WeinsteinEduardo Mac Entyre, Pintura Generativa Transparencias, 1965. Collection OAS AMA Art Museum of the Americas, Gift from Bernice Weinstein
  • Jean‐Pierre Yvaral, Variation Sur Le Carré, 1959. Courtesy of MACBA, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos AiresJean‐Pierre Yvaral, Variation Sur Le Carré, 1959. Courtesy of MACBA, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires
  • Manuel Espinosa, Ayma, 1966-­68. Courtesy of Horton CollectionManuel Espinosa, Ayma, 1966-­68. Courtesy of Horton Collection

Related Artists

Josef Albers

Richard Anuskiewicz

Marina Apollonio

Tony Bechara

Alberto Biasi

Max Bill

Martha Boto

Ernesto Briel

Mario Carreño

Lygia Clark

Iván Contreras Brunet

Pedro Costigliolo

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Sandu Darié

Manuel Espinosa

Hermelindo Fiaminghi

María Freire

Horacio García Rossi

Gego

Norberto Gómez

Carmen Herrera

Karen Hewitt

Gyula Kosice

Leroy Lamis

Judith Lauand

Julio Le Parc

Julio Le Parc

Antonio Llorens

Eduardo Mac Entyre

Almir Mavignier

Edgar Negret

Hélio Oiticica

Alejandro Otero

Abraham Palatnik

Lygia Pape

Lygia Pape

Matilde Pérez

Omar Rayo

Bridget Riley

Freddy Rodríguez

Ana Sacerdote

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Zilia Sánchez

Fanny Sanín

Lolo Soldevilla

Antonieta Sosa

Jesús Rafael Soto

Frank Stella

Frank Stella

Tadasky (Tadasuke Kuwayama)

Luis Tomasello

Gregorio Vardanega

Victor Vasarely

Miguel Ángel Vidal

Ludwig Wilding

Jean-Pierre Yvaral

Curators

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