Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Victor Vassarely on Artnet

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Victor Vasarely, Berc, 1967

Friday, December 7, 2007

Verus Painters, Tobey Fine Arts, New York, NY, November 2-December 22, 2007

John Aslanidis, Susann Brännström, Peter Köhler, Karen Schifano, Lorraine Williams
John Aslandis, Sonic No.10, 2007, 42 1/4 x 50 inches, Acrylic on canvas

John Aslandis, Sonic Fragment No. 20, 2005, oil, alkyd and acrylic on canvas, 26 X 32 inches

Monday, December 3, 2007

Nyehaus presents INDICA, Nyehaus Gallery, New York, NY, November 8-December 22, 20007

The Action, Baschet Brothers, Boyle Family, Lourdes Castro, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Mark Dagley, Michael English, Juan Fontanive, Jaime Gili, The Graham Bond Organisation, Hapshash and the Coloured Coat, Michael Horovitz, Janfamily, Nina Jan Beier, Marie Jan Lund, Chosil Kil, Aishleen Lester, Liliane Lijn, Francois Morellet, Yoko Ono, Takis, and Peter Whitehead
Mark Dagley (top)
Carlos Cruz Diez (bottom)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

More Meets the Eye: Optical Innovation; Gallery The, Brooklyn, NY, November 26-May 18, 2008

Harry Seldom, Gene Greger, and Rose Rose. Curated by Stephan Moore. For more about the show, click here.

Harry Seldom
"The Butterfly Effect #52-12B"
Limited Edition Print on Photo Rag Art Paper25 x 49

Thomas Downing, Gary Snyder Projects, New York, NY, October 4 - December 29 (Extended)

Thomas Downing, Fahrenheit, c. 1961, Acrylic on canvas, 901⁄2 x 87 inches

Friday, November 23, 2007

Bridget Riley; Recent Paintings and Gouaches, Pace and Wildenstein, Uptown and Chelsea, New York, NY, November 9-January 5

For more information and images click here.

Burgoyne Diller and Hard-Edge Abstraction: Underpinnings and Continuity; Spanierman Modern, New York, NY; November 8-January 5

Diller with Karl Benjamin, Ilya Bolotowsky, Lorser Feitelson. For more information click here.

Burgoyne Diller
First Theme

Karl Benjamin
Red, White, Blue Symmetry II

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Demarco / Garcia Rossi / Sobrino, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas, October 27-November 25, 2007

Francisco Sobrino (Spain) , Hugo Demarco (Argentina) and Horacio García-Rossi (Argentina.)
For more images and information click here.

Horacio García Rossi, Sturcture Couleur-Lumiere Changeante, Acrylic on wood, plexiglass, motor and lights. (1965-68)

Francisco Sobrino, Espace Indefini, plexiglass, (1968)

Hugo Demarco, Mouvment, acrylic on wood and metal, motor and black light (1964)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

All Is Well That Begins Well and Never Ends, 80 Washington East Galleries, NYU, New York, NY, September 11-October 31

Chelsea Beck, Ernesto Burgos, Chris Duncan, Satoru Eguchi, Dave Eppley, Nick Ervinck, Andres Ferrandis, Jonah Groeneboer, Lynne Harlow, Michelle Hinebrook, Clemens Hollerer, Inverted Topology, Xylor Jane, Pepe Mar, Rossana Martinez, and Gean Moreno. For more information and images, click here.

Xylor Jane

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fred Gutzeit and Peter Reginato, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Opens November 17

OTTER #19, 2005, acrylic on paper on canvas, 72" X 72"

Michael Kidner, Flowers Gallery, London, England, September 14-October 13

For 47 images of this comprehensive retrospective of this important English artist, click here. Also, for more recent images, click here. There was a 138 page catalog published in conjunction with this show.

Colour Column (no.4) 1972; 0il on canvas
208 x 200 cm / 82 x 78¾ in

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Geometry of Hope, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY; September 12-December 8, 2007

The Geometry of Hope; Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Geraldo de Barros, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesus Rafael Soto, Alfredo Hilto, Waldemar Cordeiro, Judith Lauand, Helio Oitica, Gego, Joaquin Torees-Garcia, Gyula Kosice and others. For New York Times review click here.

Waldemar Cordeiro, Ideia Visivel (Visible idea), 1956, Acrylic on masonite.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Machine Learning #1, Boydon Gallery, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St Mary's City, MD, September 4-28, 2007

Henry Brown, Terry Haggerty, Gilbert Hsiao & Doug Melini. Curated by Matthew Deleget. Click here for installation shots.

Henry Brown, Relative Position, 2004, Acrylic, pencil, and gesso on canvas. 36" x 72"

Fred Gutzeit, Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, OH, August 26

For more work see Fred

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Divisionism/Neo-Impressionism--Arcadia & Anarchy, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, April 27-August 6, 2007

The Italian Divisionists—so called for the painting technique they employed, namely the "division" of color via individualized brushstrokes—were active in Italy during the 1890s and early 1900s. These painters remained grounded in (cont'd)

Emilio Longoni, Glacier (Ghiacciaio), 1905. Oil on canvas, 156.5 x 200 cm. Private collection

Antonio Asis, Paintings 1959-1999, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, June 30-August 25, 2007

Progressions Colorées, Acrylic on paper, 6 7/8" x 6 7/8", 1975

Op Art: Then and Now, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, July 6 - September 30, 2007

Yaacov Agam, Anni Albers, Edna Andrade, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Linda Besemer, Gabriele Evertz, Paul Feely, Beverly Fishman, Peter Halley, Sally Hazelet Drummond, Christopher Herron, Bill Komodore, Reginald Neal, Greg Russel, Julian Stanczak, Frank Stella, Tadasky, Victor Vasarely

Left to Right: Richard Anuszkiewicz, Temple to Sunset #754, acrylic on canvas, 1985; Frank Stella, Untitled, (from 10 x 10 portfolio), silkscreen, 1964; Gabriele Evertz, Motion Parallax, acrylic on canvas, 1998.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Friday, June 8, 2007

Points of Departure: Six Australian Artists, Tobey Fine Arts, New York, NY, May 3-June 30, 2007

John Aslandidis, Richard Bell, Cathy Blanchflower, Christopher Dean, Helga Groves, and Matthew Johnson

John Aslandis, Sonic Current No 1 (2006), Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 42" x 50"

Cathy Blanchflower, Xenon VI (2007), Oil on canvas, 58" x 48"

Helga Groves, Precipitation (2007), oil, pigement and medium on canvas, 39.5" x 55'

1950s-1960s Kinetic Abstraction, Andrea Rosen Gallery, June 27-August 24, 2007, New York, NY

Hartmut Böhm, Gianni Colombo, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Julio Le Parc, Heinz Mack, François Morellet, Jesús Rafaël Soto, and Jean Tinguely. Curated in collaboration with Erika Hoffmann

Hartmut Böhm, "Quadratrelief 66," 1970, 104 x 104 x 4 cm, Plexiglas, Museum Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Gift from the McCrory Collection, New York

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Grid: Process and Structure, Wooster Art Space, New York, NY, April 3-April 28, 2007

Joel Carreiro, Creighton Michael, Beatrice Riese, Sanford Wurmfeld. Organized by the Osilas Gallery, Concordia College.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Op Art in Artforum

Lengthy reviews of the Optic Edge show in Columbus and the Op Art show in Frankfurt by David Rimanelli and Sarah K. Rich in the May 2007 Artforum.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, May 19 - June 30, 2007

Objet Plastique No. 490

Acrylic on Wood
35.5" x 35.5" x 3.5"

Ray Thorburn: Line on Line, Te Manawa, New Zealand, March 10 to July 15, 2007

For a discussion on Roy Thorburn's work in Art New Zealnd, click here.

Afterimage: Op Art of the 1960s, Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY, March 8 - April 28

Jacobson Howard Gallery with Yaacov Agam, Josef Albers, Ricahrd Anuszkiewicz, Hannes Beckmann, Fletcher Benton, Karl Benjamin, Francis Celentano, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Benjamin Cunningham, Gene Davis, Leroy Lamis, Jose De Rivera, Julio Le Parc, Alexander Lieberman, Francois Morellet, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons, Bridget Riley, Julian Stanczak, Frank Stella, Luis Tomasello, Victor Vasarely

Leroy Lamis, Construction #31, 1963, Plexiglass ,12 x 12 x 12 inches

Francis Celentano, Undulating Units (1968), acrylic on canvas, 36" x 90"

Monday, April 23, 2007

Sensational: Edna Andrade’s Drawings, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, March 25- June 24, 2007

This is the first show to span the entirety of Andrade's complicated career, from representational land/seascapes from the fifties, through pioneering op paintings from the sixties, seventies and eighties, and back to land/seascapes in the ninties through this century. It features nearly 60 drawings and paintings on paper.

For Philadelphia Inquirer review of this show, click here.

A 32 page color catalog of this show is available.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Friday, March 23, 2007

Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, February 16 - June 17, 2007

Ed Mieczkowski, Blue Bloc, 1967, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48"

Curator Joe Houston has put together the most important international surevy of op art in years, with approximately 85 op and op-related pieces, with a focus on the 1960s. The 200 page catalog is the first overview of op availalbe since the early seventies includes an introductory essay by Dave Hickey. Columbus is a JetBlue city so don't miss this show!
For or more images and information, go to:

Agam, Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Getulio Alviani, Edna Andrade, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Marina Apollonio, Hannes Beckmann, Karl Benjamin, Ernst Benkert, Francis Celentano, Toni Costa, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Benjamin Cunningham, Gene Davis, Sally Hazelet Drummond, Angel Duarte, Wojciech Fangor, Paul Feeley, Lorser Feitelson, Karl Gerstner, Francis Hewitt, Robert Irwin, Ellsworth Kelly, Bill Komodore, Edorado Landi, Mon Levinson, Alexander Liberman, Wolfgang Ludwig, Edourdo Mac Entyre, Heinz Mack, Agnes Martin, Almir da silva Mavignier, Ed Mieczkowski, Francois Morellet, Spencer Moseley, Rakuko Naito, Reginal Neal, Kenneth Noland, Henry C. Pearson, Larry Poons, Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgley, Tony Smith, Jesus Raphael Soto, Julian Stanczak, Jeffrey Steele, Frank Stella, Tadasky, Luis Tomasello, Claude Tousignant, Vicotr Vasarely, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Ludwig Wilding, Jean-Pierre Yvaral.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Optic Nerve Catalog (first op survey in English in 35 years)

The best overview of op art ever published (and the first in some 35 years.) This is the accompanying catalog for the show on view at the Columbus Art Museum through June 17. Fetures many color plates, introductory essay by Dave Hickey (click here for excerpts), and excellent text by curator Joe Houston. Support this important exhibition and buy from the museum directly (call (614) 221-4848).

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

"The Optical Edge," Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY, Mar 7-Apr 14, 2007

Read the essay "Reviving the Edge in Optical Painting" by Robert C. Morgan.

with Bridget Riley, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Julian Stanczak, Victor Vasserely, Josef Albers, Sandford Wurmfeld, Robert Swain, Gabriele Evertz, Rakuko Naito, Gilbert Hsiao, Soon Ja Han, Jon Groom, Beverly Fishman, Ryszard Wasko, and Michelle Hinebrook. Curated by Robert C. Morgan. A catalog is available for this exhibition.

Click here for good notes made by Marshall Sponder at the artist talk on March 9 with Sandford Wurmfeld, Soon Ja Han, Jon Groom, Ryszard Wasko and Robert C. Morgan.

Gabriele Evertz, Motion Parallax, 1998
Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 inches

Thursday, March 1, 2007

"Seurat and the Neo-Impressionists," Robert H. and Ina M. Mohlman Gallery at the Indianpolis Museum of Art (Ongoing)

The Indianapolis Museum of Art boasts one of the finest, if not the finest, collection of neo-impressionist painting in the United States. Currently, it is displaying 16 paintings, a watercolor, and a print as part of its regular collection. Besides work by Pissaro, Seurat and Signac, there is fine work by Paul Baum, Hendricus Petrus Bremmer, Henri Edmond Cross, Alfred Finch, Georges Lemmen, Maximilien Luce, George Morren, Albert Dubois-PilletLucien Pissaro, Jan Toorop, and Henry van de Velde. Click here for images.

Jan Toorop, Dutch (1858-1928), Broek in Waterland (1889), oil on canvas

The museum is newly renovated and features extensive collections of European paintings (14th century onward, including a Caravaggio, plus a collection of Turner and Turner related watercolors), American paintings (check out the unique underwater Thomas Moran landscape) as well as extensive Asian and African collections. It has a good op and post-op collection as well (currently on view is an uncharacteristic early Bridget Riley, a Roy Lichtenstein dot print of a Monet cathedral, one of the few, in my opinion, successful representational op works, and light based installations by Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Michael Rovner with optical implications.)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Op Art Revisited: Selections from the Albright-Knox Art Gallerly, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, Jan 28 - April 22, 2007

Victor Vasarely, Bora II, 1964

Participating artists include Josef Albers, Bridget Riley, Julian Stanczak, Richard Anuskiewicz, Larry Poons, Rogelio Polosello, Julio Le Parc, Karen Davie, Howard Jones, Heinz Mack, Paul Talman, Tadasky (Kuwayama), Jesus Raphael Soto, Karl Gerstner, Josef Levi, Francesci Celentano, Jean-Pierre Yvaral, Yaacov Agam, Victor Vasarely, Susie Rosmarin, and Tim Bavington. Many of the images, though small, were in the Extreme Abstraction show at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in 2005 and can be seen at

Julian Stanczak Talks About His Work (and Pulls the Tape Off of His Paintings) in Columbus Post Video Clip

I think this is actually an excerpt from one of 2 dvds (The Perceptive Eye and Color Symphony: Artistic Process) which are, or at least, were, avaialable through Stux Gallery in New York. If you have trouble there, try his website (see post elsewhere on this blog)

Also, see the February 11 story in The Columbus Dispatch at

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, Feb. 17-May 20, 2007

For list of participating artists, see

Click here for review with photos:

Julian Stanczak's Website

Anywhere-Everywhere, 1967, 76x76"
Stanczak's career is documented in images nicely at

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Mark Dagley & Don Voisine, McKenzie Fine Art Inc, New York, NY, January 11 - February 10, 2007

Mark Dagley, Neutral Value Vortex, 2006, Acrylic and pencil on canvas, 84 x 84 inches

Don Voisine, Reason, 2006, Oil on wood, 26 x 15 inches

All work in this show is on view at

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Edna Andrade, Philadelphia Inquirer article, January 11, 2007

An Op Art Original

Over the decades, Edna Andrade created stunning canvases of complex visual images. Now, a new swirl of attention is coming her way.
By Amy S. Rosenberg
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

In the '60s, she was making art that was part of the psychedelic fabric of its day, mind-blowing optical trickery, paintings that vibrated and moved, art that anticipated a digital medium few had imagined.

But Edna Andrade was no hippie, no part of the like-wow drug culture that embraced the op art movement of the 1960s.

She was middle-aged, living on her own on Carlisle Street in Center City, her architect husband having left her, isolated from the New York or European art scene, no starving waitress thing for her, no East Village bohemia.

"My cleaning lady was the only person allowed to clean in the studio," Andrade says. "When she would come in and say, whooah, I knew it was good."

Now, on the eve of her 90th birthday, it is, frankly, the ladies in the cafeteria of her assisted-living high-rise near 17th and Callowhill that this important but under-recognized artist more often than not eschews, with their join-me-for-dinner dance cards annoyingly booked until eternity.

Up in her penthouse apartment, she's still reading her New York Review of Books, still organizing her fruit and vegetables in an amusingly geometric mimicry of her art, still game enough to be offering up a vodka martini, even mid-afternoon, to her guests, and still showing a cheerful edginess as sharp as the oil-painted lines she so painstakingly created with a ruling pen.
She hasn't touched the unfinished painting in her workroom - a return to the landscape painting she did as an art student inspired by the summers she spent in Maine with her great friend George Bunker, dean of fine arts at the University of Houston - for a year.

She says, matter of factly: "Right now, I have not been able to work and I don't have any ideas. I have been busy as a bird dog trying to get rid of my stuff, and trying to get ready to die. I made more money this year than I ever made. I think people are finally catching up with me."
Indeed, Andrade, whose birthday is Jan. 25, is in the midst of a renewed interest in her work, and in the op art movement in general. "I just sold this after 40 years," she says of one painting, Interchange, from 1966, a turquoise and red canvas of 3D-like boxes and polka dots that alternately flattens and takes on dimension as you stare at it. "I didn't sell a lot of this stuff when I did it. Now people are collecting it."

The Locks Gallery on Washington Square, which has represented Andrade for more than three decades, is planning a party for her on Jan. 20. The University of the Arts, where she taught for 30 years, is unveiling a scholarship fund in her name on March 1. And the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill will exhibit her works in a special retrospective, opening March 28.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which owns a dozen of her works, is now exhibiting a major painting of hers, Color Motion 4-64, as part of its Pop Art and Its Affinities exhibition in the American Art gallery, room 119 on the first floor. And she is a central figure in a major exhibition, Optic Nerve, planned for next month at the Columbus Museum of Art, in Ohio.
Columbus curator Joe Houston says Andrade represents "the pinnacle of what artists were doing" in the op art era, during which the viewing experience was primary, and the science of perception and visual immersion anticipated this era's light shows, film installations and other digital media. He includes Andrade's name with internationally known op art figures such as Brigit Riley and Victor Vasarely.

Andrade's mind - which for four decades has produced canvases of intricate and complex visual and geometric imagery (you want to see something deeper, symbolically or whatever else, that's your issue, Andrade says) - that mind, man, it still hums like one of her paintings.
"It's not like showing your emotion," she says of her art. "It was very cool art. It's a decision to be totally visual. A story doesn't go with it."
As to the whole trippy quality of the movement, she quips: "I was so sorry it was connected to that because I did it cold sober." (Though she did try a joint once at a party of University of the Arts students. "I took a drag and it did nothing for me," she said. "The liquor was enough.")
Born near Norfolk, Va., Andrade came to Philadelphia to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at the age of 16. During World War II, she worked on propaganda materials for what is now the CIA. After a brief stay in Bucks County, which her husband loved and she hated, they returned to Center City, but her marriage was soon over, she says.
In retrospect, she says, the end of her marriage allowed her artistic life to flourish, though her art was greatly influenced by the time at her husband's architectural drafting table.
"I think I would not have accomplished as much if I'd stayed married," she says. "I was playing second fiddle, doing drafting work. I didn't really take charge of my career until middle age."
These days, there's a lot of Andrade-induced "whoa" going on over at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Color Motion 4-64 hangs.

The painting, four checkerboards of differently sized squares, never stops humming. Walk around the room and look at it from different angles, it starts morphing into an hourglass sort of thing. Look for too long, you'll get dizzy, or feel as if your eyes are playing tricks on you. How can paint on canvas be constantly in motion?

"It messes with your eyes," says Ramona Mabin, the security guard in the room, who is on guard more for finding herself staring too long at the work, with its hypnotic qualities, and its op art companion next to it, a tunnel-into-infinity kind of work of orange concentric target-like squares by Richard Anuszkiewicz, titled Knowledge and Disappearance.

Back in the 1960s, Sears took the image for wallpaper, which was what happened to a lot of the op art images; they became fabric and posters and album covers. The original artistic creations got a bit co-opted by the design culture it spawned (Andrade herself has several pillows in her living room that feature her colorful and pulsating images).

Ask Andrade to explain how she composed a work like Color Motion, and you see how this perceptually intricate work is, at its heart, a function of lines and shapes and a connect-the-dots kind of geometrical precision. "Square by square, just like life," she says, drawing a bit of deeper meaning herself. "Nice stable brushes."

Or, more precisely: "I had already done a drawing, dividing up the canvas into four sections. I have then drawn a circle. I've mapped out the increments, drawn lines through those points, and that generated those squares. Your eye tries to appreciate this gradation. The scientists, they loved it. They understood some of the geometry of it."

While living in Philadelphia may have resulted in less recognition nationally and internationally, she says the city has been very good to her, though many times, especially during the op art decades, she felt like a community of one.

"I was about the only one doing that in Philadelphia," she says. "But I was not ready to move to New York and wait on tables. I would have wound up an old waitress - not an old artist."

Edna Andrade's Artwork

Her work can be seen at the Locks Gallery, 600 Washington Square South, Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which owns a dozen of her works, is exhibiting one of her major paintings, "Color Motion 4-64," as part of its Pop Art and Its Affinities exhibition in room 119 of the American Art wing.

She will be part of a major pop-art exhibition next month at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio.

And the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill will exhibit her works in a special retrospective, opening March 28

Images of Andrade and her work from same article