Free entry Tate Liverpool Exhibition

Op Art in Focus

© Rikard Österlund

This exhibition has been extended

The dates for this exhibition have been updated. All visitors, including Members, will need to book a ticket in advance. This is due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus.

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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 Riley, Jesus 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 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.

Tate Liverpool

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool L3 4BB
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21 July 2018 – 17 January 2021


Free with ticket

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You can explore this exhibition by booking a timed ticket for All Free Displays.

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    Collection route

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    From 27 July

    Discover new work, make connections between artists, and explore optical art on this route through Tate Liverpool

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