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Op Art

Op Art
by

Harry McNamara

on 13 March 2013

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Transcript of Op Art

Op Art Op art is the shortened name for the art movement known as optical art. It can be described as ‘Pictures That Attack the Eye’. What is Op Art? When did Op Art Occur? Optical art has been especially common in American art since the 1960s, however the style dates back to the year 1839. Major defining characteristics of Op Art. Op Art's major defining element is it's ability to create optical illusions and make observers think twice about what they are looking at. The optical illusions vary from patterns, flashes, contrasts, movement, and hidden imagery. The majority of Op Art is completed in Black and White. Significant Artists Philip Taaffe.
Bridget Riley
M.C Escher
Victor Vasarely
Yaacov Agam
Bridget Riley, was born in 1931 in London. She began working in this style far before it was named as an official artistic movement. She notably represented her country in the Venice Biennale in 1968 and became the first British painter and female to win the Biennale’s International Prize in painting. Her art offers many examples of optical illusion. One beautiful piece is done in the traditional colours black and white—Movement in Squares (1961). In this piece, Riley shows that a simple geometric pattern of checkerboard squares when arranged in a compelling way can create motion and illusion. Bridget Riley Famous Work-Movement in Squares Movement in Squares fits into the art movement of Op Art because...

1. It creates an optical illusion.
2. It uses the traditional Op Art colours of Black and White.
3. It uses lines & patterns; a common concept of Op Art.
In conclusion, Op art is a very unique form of art movement, it offers something for people who love powerful use of concepts like geometry, line, colour, and pattern.

By Harry McNamara
Photo of Bridget Riley
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