Julio Le Parc was awarded the International Grand Prize for Painting at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966. A defender of human rights, he fought against dictatorship in Latin America through numerous collective anti-fascist projects.Read More
A co-founder in 1960 in Paris of the influential collective, Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV) along with Horacio Garcia Rossi, Francisco Sobrino, François Morellet, Joël Stein and Jean-Pierre Vasarely (Yvaral), Julio Le Parc is a major figure of historical importance within Kinetic and Contemporary Art. Julio Le Parc’s early paintings were influenced by the Constructivist Movement of Arte Concreto Invención, as well as artists such as Piet Mondrian and Victor Vasarely. However, since 1959, Le Parc has continued on his own independent path applying rigorous organising principles to his paintings whether exploring the use of 14 scales of colour, or white, grey and black in varying yet precise endless combinations. From 1960 onwards, Le Parc has produced simultaneously paintings that are founded on rigorous systems of organisation of surface, and correlation of forms, as well as vibratory reliefs and immersive installations. He has long been concerned with what art could do to consider the participation of the public, and his research into perceptual instability as a pioneer of Kinetic and Op Art led to important works involving light and movement. Le Parc was particularly interested in opening up new relations between the art object and viewer whereby the visitor is no longer a passive, dependent observer, but the active participant within a dynamic experience.
Text courtesy Perrotin.
Julio Le Parc: Form into Action, the first stateside museum retrospective of Argentine artist Le Parc's oeuvre, opened 18 November 2016 against an increasingly reactionary political backdrop. The show's run, through 19 March 2017 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), has thus far corresponded with the rise to power of a conservative agenda, more...
PARIS—The suburban Paris home studio of the Argentine artist Julio Le Parc, widely considered a pioneer of Op Art and Kinetic Art, is a circus of hands-on—sometimes anarchic—delights. In one of a series of rooms surrounding an overgrown courtyard, the artist’s motorised 'contorsions' come to life when a switch is flipped, and their rotating arms...
Now, American audiences will be able to rediscover the frantic energy of the 88-year-old’s work with two shows: A display of his latest creations at Galerie Perrotin in New York and a survey of over 100 pieces in his oeuvre at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)—the artist's first solo museum show in North America.
Julio Le Parc Bifurcations October 14–December 23, 2017 Perrotin Paris Film by Nikolaï Saoulski © 2017
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