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OPTICAL ART

1955-1968

Kineticism, as an artistic movement, concentrates on the study of movement based on the ambivalence of perception. Its birth can be traced back to the 1955 exhibition Le Mouvement presented at the Denise Ren Gallery in Paris. Vasarely, who had been working in Paris for some time, was one of the forces behind this memorable show. That same year, he formulated the basic ideas and principles of the movement in his Yellow Manifesto, Manifeste Jaune. Some research groups were formed and the movement expanded through Europe and eventually spread to the United States and South-America where it slowly took on new directions. In 1965, The Responsive Eye, a large exhibit shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, was the starting point for the movement to embark on a new American adventure; it reinvented itself into Optical Art, Op Art, a pictorial movement dedicated to suggesting movement without ever really depicting it.
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XXth century art movements

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