Continuel-lumière avec formes en contorsion

Julio Le Parc began to experiment with
light in 1959. Originally, light was the
means of giving a concrete form to
several of his concerns, including the
desire to create works in perpetual
transformation. The result is ‘a constant
and unpredictable game of light and
shadow.’ For the artist, the aim of these
incredibly beautiful yet simple works is
to ‘initiate or pursue the destruction of
traditional notions about art, its elaboration,
presentation and appreciation.’

• ERRE, Variations labyrinthiques, Centre Pompidou-Metz,
Metz, September 2011-March 2012
• Julio Le Parc, Obras 1959-1981, Museo de Bellas Artes,
Caracas, May-June 1981
• Julio Le Parc, Recherches 1959-1971 – Untersuchungen,
Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, January 21-February 27,
• Luz Espacio Movimiento. Obras de Julio Le Parc,
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 1968
• Luz Espacio Movimiento. Obras de Julio Le Parc,
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, 1968
• Le Parc, Galerie Denise René, November-December 1966
• Argentinean Pavillion, XXXIII Venice Biennial, Venice,
June – October 1966

• Mouvement lumière participation, G.R.A.V. 1960-1968,
exhibition catalog, Musée des Beaux-arts de Rennes, Ed. Galerie
Art & Essai et Musée des Beaux-arts de Rennes, 2013, p. 127
• ERRE, Variations labyrinthiques, exhibition catalog, Centre
Pompidou-Metz, Ed. Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2011, p. 162
• Julio Le Parc, Il Cinetismo, Attualita e storia a confronto,
exhibition catalog, Palazzo Ducale, Urbino, 2003, p. 40
• Julio Le Parc. Dialogando con la luz, exhibition catalog,
Espacio Contemporáneo de Arte, Subsecretaria de Cultura –
Gobierno de Mendoza, Mendoza, with a text by Sheila Leirner,
2000, p.15
• Julio Le Parc en el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes,
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, 2000, p. 20
• 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. 53
• Catálogo General. Colección pintura y escultura latino-
americana, Museo de Bellas Artes, 1979
• Julio Le Parc, Recherches 1959-1971 – Untersuchungen,
Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, 1972, p. 38-39
• Participation – à la recherche d’un nouveau spectateur.
Groupe de recherche d’art Visuel, exhibition catalog,
Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, 1968, p 30-31
• Le Parc, exhibition catalog, Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas,
Caracas, 1967, p.12

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

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