Surface couleur - Série 14 n°5E

In 1959, Julio Le Parc pursued his research on the paintings’ surface
with color, to which he applied the same treatment as he had with
shapes: he chose a unique scale of fourteen colors, which he has not
modified to this day. He worked on several series of paintings that
explored the almost infinite combinations of these colors. In 1971,
Le Parc returned to painting, a practice he had abandonned since

  1. Similar to the rest of his works, each ‘target’ painting creates a
    minimalist and deductive structure where every new element stems
    from the previous one. It is systematically constituted of fourteen
    concentric circles of solid colours on a white background of a square
    canvas: according to a simple combinatory scheme, each one of the
    fourteen circles is painted in one of the fourteen colours of the spectrum.
    Since the system continues from one work in the series to the
    next, each combination constitutes a new and unique painting.

• Le Parc, Antes Y Después de Lumière, Galeria
La Cometa, Bogotà, July-August 2007
• Julio Le Parc. Dialogando con la luz, Espacio
Contemporáneo de Arte, Mendoza, 2000
• Espaço Julio Le Parc. Experiencias de 1959 a 1999,
II Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, November 1999-
January 2000

• Julio Le Parc, monograph, by Pierre Arnaud,
Skira Flammarion, 2013, p. 45
• Le Parc, Antes Y Después de Lumière, exhibition catalog,
Galeria La Cometa, 2007, p. 50
• Julio Le Parc. Arte e Tecnologia, exhibition catalog,
II Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Fundação Bienal
de Artes Visuais do Mercosul, 2000
• Le Parc, Cuadernos Guadalimar n°3, Ediciones Rayuela,
Madrid, 1977, p. 46
• Julio Le Parc, Dialogando con la luz, exhibition catalog,
Espacio Contemporaneo de Arte, Subsecretaria de Cultura
– Gobierno de Mendoza, Mendoza, p. 3

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