Abraham Palatnik

Brazilian, 1928–2020

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Abraham Palatnik

Brazilian, 1928–2020

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Claiming, “my role as an artist is to discipline the chaos regarding information,” Abraham Palatnik organized the patterns in technology and nature into art, becoming a pioneer of the Op Art movement and the founder of the technological movement in Brazilian art. Trained as a painter, he moved away from the conventions of this medium and towards abstraction and technology in the late 1940s. He created his first “Kinechromatic Devices” in 1949, one of which, a motorized light sculpture which cast a play of light and shadow into space, was shown at the first Bienal de São Paulo (1951). It was met with critical acclaim, as were the many optical experiments that followed. These include abstract paintings on glass and compositions based on magnetic fields, to name only a handful of Palatnik’s ongoing investigations into art, technology, and perception itself.

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Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo (MAM)
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Met Breuer, and 3 more
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Biography

Claiming, “my role as an artist is to discipline the chaos regarding information,” Abraham Palatnik organized the patterns in technology and nature into art, becoming a pioneer of the Op Art movement and the founder of the technological movement in Brazilian art. Trained as a painter, he moved away from the conventions of this medium and towards abstraction and technology in the late 1940s. He created his first “Kinechromatic Devices” in 1949, one of which, a motorized light sculpture which cast a play of light and shadow into space, was shown at the first Bienal de São Paulo (1951). It was met with critical acclaim, as were the many optical experiments that followed. These include abstract paintings on glass and compositions based on magnetic fields, to name only a handful of Palatnik’s ongoing investigations into art, technology, and perception itself.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo (MAM)
Group
Group show at a major institution
Met Breuer, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Abraham Palatnik
A Show of Latin-American Op Artists Rebukes MoMA’s Eurocentrism
Feb 2nd, 2016
A Show of Latin-American Op Artists Rebukes MoMA’s Eurocentrism
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