Free entry Tate Liverpool Exhibition

Op Art in Focus

Walter Leblanc, Mobilo Static 1960 © Estate of Walter Leblanc

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 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.

Tate Liverpool

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool L3 4BB
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Dates

21 July 2018 – 5 July 2020

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In Focus Talks

Daily until 5 Jul 2020

Discover something new about op art on a free talk

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Daily until 2 Jun 2019

Play with patterns and make art move in this free activity in the second floor gallery

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Artist

Bridget Riley

born 1931
Art Term

Op art

Op art was a major development of painting in the 1960s that used geometric forms to create optical effects

Artist

Victor Vasarely

1908–1997
Art Term

Kinetic art

Kinetic art is art that depends on motion for its effects

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