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Julio Le Parc

Ohne Titel (Untitled), from Edition MAT


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Optical vibration, actual movement, and light are all key components of Julio Le Parc’s kinetic work. Le Parc was one of a number of South American artists who promoted kinetic art while living in Paris in the 1960s. As a member of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (Group for Research in the Visual Arts, or GRAV), founded in Paris in 1960, Le Parc shared in the group’s efforts to challenge both the human eye and body. This untitled work consists of a wooden crate split in half and lined on the inside with reflective metal. The divided crate is fitted with interchangeable cards printed with geometric drawings, the patterns of which reflect on the mirrored sides. The disorienting optical illusion produced by this work and others like it was meant to liberate viewers’ perceptions. [Permanent collection label, 2017]

  • Artist Julio Le Parc (Argentine, b. 1928)
  • Title Ohne Titel (Untitled), from Edition MAT
  • Date 1965
  • Medium Metal mirrors and 4 printed paper cards in painted wood box
  • Edition description 53/100
  • Dimensions unframed | 14 3/4 x 23 5/8 x 14 7/16 in.
    sheet | 14 x 14 in. (each card)
  • Credit line University purchase with funds from Aurelia Gerhard Schlapp, by exchange, 2013
  • Object number WU 2013.0005.0006

Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959–1965
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 02/07/2020 - 01/03/2021
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (Charlotte, North Carolina), 05/22/2020 - 09/13/2020

Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 05/09/2014 - 08/31/2014

4/11/2013 (ACC Approved)
Galerie Der Spiegel (Cologne, Germany)

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