Ernst Benkert
American, 1928-2010
David Richard Gallery at Spring Masters New York 2015,
David Richard Gallery
Post-Op: 'The Responsive Eye' Fifty Years After,
David Richard Gallery

Creator of optically complex paintings and drawings, Ernst Benkert spent his career exploring the science and psychology of perception through art. Together with Francis Hewitt and Edward Mieczkowski, Benkert formed the Anonima Group (1960-71) and became one of the leading practitioners of Op art and geometric abstraction in America. He approached the creative process analytically and impersonally, considering art-making an effective and objective means through which to investigate vision. Though based on a flat grid, Benkert’s works seem full of depth and movement, their shapes and colors continually undulating, shifting, and flickering.