Cercle en contorsion sur trame

The Contorsions are a prime example
of optical art, due to the stark contrast
between black and white, but also of
kinetic art with the play on a shape in
movement. The deformed metal ribbons
– contiguous or intertwined circles, vertical
or horizontal curves – on stripped,
two-toned backgrounds, create a visual
disturbance, or even the semblance of an
illusion, for the viewer. These very simple
devices, creating a slow and cyclical
action, produce almost hypnotic works,
recurrent in Le Parc’s production since
the second half of the 1960s.

• G.R.A.V. : Groupe de recherche d’art visuel 1960-1968,
Le Magasin, Centre national d’art contemporain,
Grenoble, June-September 1998
• Julio Le Parc, Experiencias. 30 años, 1958-1988,
Secretaria de Cultura de la Nación, Dirección Nacional
de Artes, Buenos Aires, 1988
• Julio Le Parc, Obras 1959-1981, Museo de Bellas Artes,
Caracas, Venezuela, May-June 1981
• Julio Le Parc, Experiències 1959-1977, Fundació
Joan Miró, Barcelone, 1978
• Julio Le Parc, Recherches 1959-1971 – Untersuchungen,
Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, 1972
• Julio Le Parc, Retrospective, Moderna Museet,
Stockholm, 1969
• Julio Le Parc, Retrospective, Göteborg Konsthall,
Göteborg, 1969
• Julio Le Parc, Retrospective, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter,
Oslo, 1969
• Luz Espacio Movimiento. Obras de Julio Le Parc,
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 1968
• Luz Espacio Movimiento. Obras de Julio Le Parc,
Museo de Arte Moderno, Rio de Janeiro, 1968
• Argentinean Pavillon, IX Bienal de São Paulo,
São Paulo, 1967
• Julio Le Parc, Retrospective, Instituto Di Tella, Buenos
Aires, 1967; General Electric, Montevideo; Asuncion, 1967
• Julio Le Parc, Rétrospective, Museo de Bellas Artes,
Caracas, 1967

• Julio Le Parc, monograph, by Pierre Arnaud,
Skira Flammarion, 2013, p. 172-173
• Julio Le Parc, monograph, by Pradel Jean-Louis,
Ed. Severgnini, 2009, p. 100
• Julio Le Parc, Luz e Movimento, exhibition catalog,
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2001, Ed. Pinacoteca,
2001, p. 75
• Stratégies de participation, G.R.A.V. – Groupe de
recherche d’art visuel, exhibition catalog, Centre d’art
contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, 1998, p. 59
• Julio Le Parc, Experiencias, 30 años, 1958-1988,
exhibition catalog, Ed. Secrataria de Cultura de la Nación,
Dirección Nacional des Artes Visuales, Buenos Aires, 1988,
p. 39
• Le Parc: La modulazione della luce, Coopedit Macerata,
by Maurizi Elverio, 1980, p. 31
• Julio Le Parc, Recherches 1959-1971 – Untersuchungen,
Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, 1972, p. 28-29
• Julio Le Parc, exhibition catalog, Museo de Bellas Artes
de Caracas, 1967, p. 19-20
• IX Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, exhibition catalog,
1967, p. 33

About Julio Le Parc

Celebrated for what he calls “disturbances in the artistic system,” Julio Le Parc is among the progenitors of the Op Art, or Kinetic Art, movement, who posits a utopian vision for art and society through his perceptually illusory paintings, sculptures, and immersive installations. As co-founder of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (Visual Art Research Group) (1960-68), he worked to break down the boundaries between art and the viewer. In his words: “I have tried […] to elicit a different type of behavior from the viewer […] to seek, together with the public, various means of fighting off passivity, dependency or ideological conditioning, by developing reflective, comparative, analytical, creative or active capacities.” Parc accomplishes this through color, line, light, shadow, and movement, composed to make still forms seem to move, solid structures seem to dematerialize, and light itself seem plastic.

Argentinian, b. 1928, Mendoza, Argentina, based in Paris, France

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
2016
Julio Le Parc: Form into Action, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami
2016
Julio Le Parc, Galerie Perrotin, New York
2016
julio le parc | 1959 - 1970, Galeria Nara Roesler, New York