Op Art In Focus

21 Jul 2018 – 2 Jun 2019

Tate Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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A dazzling display from pioneering artists of the 1960s to today.


Op art – short for optical art – emerged in the 1960s. Its leading figures included Bridget RileyJesus Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely. They combined lines, geometric shapes and eye popping colour to create artworks that fool the eye. Images could be subtle or disorientating, giving the illusion of movement. The display moves beyond the typical period of op art and includes works by more contemporary artists such as Angela Bulloch. Included is a rare installation of Jim Lambie’s Zobop which floods the entire gallery floor with psychedelic patterning.

Op art in Focus is a part of Tate Liverpool’s in Focus series – displays of the Tate collection dedicated to significant modern and contemporary artists or movements.

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