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Carlos Cruz-Diez & Julio Le Parc Prints Collection 2/27-6/30

YiCOLLECTA selected the prints of Carlos Cruze-Dies and Julio Le Parc, the representative artists of Optical Art, inviting the viewers to savor the creation of colors and lines brought by the two masters

Venezuelan artists Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923-) and Argentine Julio Le Parc (1928-), are two of the best in the practice of color and visual sensory experience. Psychedelic flowing colors, lines, and geometric shapes are the elements used in their works, creating a myriad of wonderful colors and lines intertwined with fantasy between two-dimensional and three-dimensional spaces.

Carlos Cruz-Diez, who is known as the "Master of Color and Kinetic Art", advocates the "awareness of the instability of reality" of Kinetic Art and Op Art, has studied the concept of color change, induction, addition and penetration ever since the Kinetic Art period. He introduces color into his two-dimensional, three-dimensional, environmental and public art creations, letting the work show a dynamic, flashing effect and giving the work a strong tension and dynamic effect.

Inspired by the outstanding color research of Carlos Cruz-Diez, he was awarded the Rank of Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the French government. His works have been collected by important international institutions and collectors, including MoMA, the Tate Modern, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Centre Pompidou, and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Now in his 90s, Cruz lives in Paris and is still energetic in his artistic creation. His works of art have spread all over the world.

Julio Le Parc’s creation was influenced by Tachisme as well as inspired by Mondrian's theory and the tradition of Constructivism. His early works were intertwined with color, light and kinetic energy, and later focused on experimentation and creating large works. He presented the study of "Continual Mobiles" in his three-dimensional works, introducing light and mechanical movements. His paintings seem simple in fact complex and contradictory, and can show three-dimensional effect and dynamic in two-dimensional space.

Julio Le Parker, now living in Paris, was awarded the Venice Biennale’s Major Painting Award in 1966. His work was collected by MoMA, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Tate Modern and many important art institutions. His current large-scale solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA, showcases the most prolific and transformative selections of his artistic career.

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