Sunday, June 02, 2013

VICTOR VASARELY at Museum of Geometric and MADI Art

Kez - 26 1/8 x 25 3/8 x 3 1/8
Mixed Media - Collection of Esther and Gary Polland repost where I wrote ...

An incredible treat for your eyes has come to Dallas through the works of Victor Vasarely and the MADI Museum. This museum is sometimes the unsung hero of Dallas, but for me, it is a required pilgrimage when a new show is up. In the exhibition before Vasarely’s, the local Dallas galleries showed the museum a lot of respect with their offerings of MADI type artists. We can thank curator and artist Orna Feinstein for making this moment possible.

multifaceted artists. His abstracts started out with experiments in color and shapes that evolved the ornaments of the action marks from abstract artists to create a more simple geometricly minimalist art. In nearly all of Vasarely’s work, uncomplicated shapes come together to interact which makes for a more complex composition. Taking his work as a whole, Vasarely’s evolution to the kinetic images seems like a logical step. After all, abstract art was at a point of crisis, where the meaningful self-exploration and spiritual nature of the AbEx School had run its course.

This was a synergy to everything going on in the 1950’s and 60’s. Vasarely’s and other Op artists’ influential pieces became popular culture through fashion and design. In fact, my grandmother was making quilts based on his patterns back in the 1970’s. No art movement had reached so many people, from all classes, so quickly, and was so accepted by so many than Vasarely’s and his colleagues’ art.

Free standing painting/sculpture “Kez,” draws your eyes around and around in a tizzy. I love the playful colors that seem to cycle around the object. “Omega,” must be part of his Vega series, because the image seems to bubble out and appears to almost enter your physical space. I am still amazed at the effect of how simple lines and shapes, painstakingly designed, force the eye to miss read the world. Vasarely makes us well aware how unreliable our senses are; which leads me to wonder what David Hume might have said about Op art.

Visual tricks of the eye are just part of the legacy you will see in other artists’ work. The hard edge thank her for putting such a beautiful show together. When I saw her work in Houston, the Op artists came to mind. Craighead Green in Dallas shows Feinstein along with Anya Tish in Houston. April 7th is the closing date, but I understand they have a talk on March 7th with the curator Orna Feinstein. for more images.

No comments: