Post-Op: 'The Responsive Eye' Fifty Years After
Curated by David Eichholtz and Peter Frank
February 24 - April 11, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, February 27, 2015, 5:00-7:00 PM

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David Richard Gallery Presents "Post-Op: 'The Responsive Eye' Fifty Years After", The First In A Series Of Exhibitions Reviewing Seminal MoMA Exhibition

Post-Op: 'The Responsive Eye' Fifty Years After, the first in a series of presentations commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the ground-breaking “Op Art” exhibition organized by William C. Seitz at the Museum of Modern Art, focuses on the aesthetic pursuits and choices during the careers of a select group of American artists who were included in The Responsive Eye. Post-Op and its successor exhibits examines the “roster” of artists from that seminal exhibition and compares and contrasts those artists’ endeavors both during and after the Op Art "craze” of the mid-1960s. The later-career work featured in the current Post-Op exhibition spans the 1970s through 2015.

Post-Op: 'The Responsive Eye' Fifty Years After inaugurates a series of shows planned by the David Richard Gallery critically analyzing and reconsidering The Responsive Eye, which debuted at MoMA in February of 1965 and traveled to several American venues over the course of a year. David Richard Gallery’s Post-Op sequence is organized by art historian, curator and critic Peter Frank and gallerist, historian and curator David Eichholtz.

Featuring more than 34 objects by 17 artists, Post-Op: 'The Responsive Eye' Fifty Years After focuses primarily on the artists and their interests in visual perception and less on the cultural phenomenon of Op Art per se. The exhibition will feature artwork by the following artists, all participants in “The Responsive Eye”:

Richard Anuszkiewicz
Hannes Beckmann
Karl Benjamin
Ernst Benkert
Francis Celentano
Thomas Downing
Lorser Feitelson
John Goodyear
Francis Hewitt
Leroy Lamis
Mon Levinson
Alexander Liberman
Ed Mieczkowski
Oli Sihvonen
Julian Stanczak
Peter Stroud
Tadasky
among others to be announced

Most of the artists featured in this exhibition explored issues of visual perception throughout their careers, using combinations of line, color interactions, and kinetics with diverse approaches and a variety of media to engage and challenge viewers mentally and visually. Certain artists left the geometric formal vocabulary generally favored by Op artists, pursuing gestural abstraction and material-based explorations. But they still maintained color sensibilities rooted in the Bauhaus teachings of Albers and Itten.

Subsequent exhibitions in 2015 will shift to include artwork by artists who capture the “spirit” of The Responsive Eye. The second exhibition will include American artists who were also creating “perceptual art” at the time as that historic presentation but were not included in that exhibition. The early-career artwork of these artists, challenging viewers’ perception, will be presented alongside the early work of artists who were included in the 1965 MoMA show. The third exhibition will feature artwork by contemporary artists who continue to push art into the perceptual realm with new materials and technologies that create visual sensations, immersive experiences, and viewer-active engagement. That exhibition will also feature later-career and contemporary work by artists from The Responsive Eye. The final installment of this series will turn to the international artists from Europe and Latin America who constituted a major component of that exhibition, bringing Constructivist tradition, a “concrete” aesthetic, and an experimental and often collaborative ethos to the discourse of perceptual art.

 

 
Exact Quantity Richard Anuszkiewicz
Exact Quantity
Acrylic on canvas
1963
18 x 31 inches
 
Crossroad Reds Richard Anuszkiewicz
Crossroad Reds
Enamel on steel
2000
38 x 38 x .25 inches
 
Nocturnal Space Hannes Beckmann
Nocturnal Space
Acrylic on canvas
1973
24 x 30 inches
 
Thorny Hannes Beckmann
Thorny
Oil on canvas
1962
16.75 x 16.75 inches
 
_3 Karl Benjamin
#3
Oil on canvas
1990
48 x 60 inches
 
_34 Karl Benjamin
#34
Oil on canvas
1964
42 x 42 inches
 
Untitled (May) Ernst Benkert
Untitled (May)
Ink on paper
1991
10 x 22 inches
 
Untitled (June30) Ernst Benkert
Untitled (June30)
Ink on paper
1967
21 x 21 inches
 
Untitled (June) Ernst Benkert
Untitled (June)
Ink on paper
1991
10 x 22 inches
 
Untitled (July5) Ernst Benkert
Untitled (July5)
Ink on paper
1967
21 x 21 inches
 
Untitled (July14) Ernst Benkert
Untitled (July14)
Ink on paper
1967
21 x 21 inches
 
Le Cirque 10 Francis Celentano
Le Cirque 10
Acrylic on canvas
2004
60 x 84 inches
 
Elliptical Kinetic Painting Francis Celentano
Elliptical Kinetic Painting
Acrylic on masonite with motor
1967
48 x 48 x 6.5 inches
 
FIZI Thomas Downing
FIZI
Acrylic on canvas
ca 1970
30 x 30 inches
 
First Sky Thomas Downing
First Sky
Acrylic on canvas
1983
96 x 48 inches
 
Archimage II Lorser Feitelson
Archimage II
Acrylic on canvas board
1976
30 x 24 inches
 
Untitled (October 25) Lorser Feitelson
Untitled (October 25)
Oil and enamel on canvas
1964
72 x 60 inches
 
Presence John Goodyear
Presence
Acrylic on canvas with wooden dowels and monofilament
2013
24 x 30 x 6 inches
 
The Light Source John Goodyear
The Light Source
Acrylic on plastic with inner lighting
1965
24 x 24 x 6 inches
 
Franklin County Francis Hewitt
Franklin County
Oil and acrylic on linen
1991
72 x 72 x 1.5 inches
 
Grey Illuminated Discs Francis Hewitt
Grey Illuminated Discs
Acrylic on canvas on masonite
1964
24 x 24 inches
 
Op Ended Francis Hewitt
Op Ended
Acrylic on canvas on masonite
1964
24 x 24 inches
 
Illuminated Discs Francis Hewitt
Illuminated Discs
Acrylic on canvas, wood stretcher, metal frame
1964
36 x 36 x 1.75 inches
 
Construction _209 Leroy Lamis
Construction #209
Plexiglass
1972
12 x 12 x 12 inches
 
Untitled Leroy Lamis
Untitled
Digital animation snapshot from PC
1982-1992
30 x 22 inches
 
Leroy Lamis
Untitled
Digital animation snapshot from PC
1982-1992
31.25 x 23.25 inches
 
Rectangles I Mon Levinson
Rectangles I
Mixed media construction
1964
22 x 30 inches
 
Prussian Blue_ Green_ Ochre and Gray Series Part 12 of 17 Mon Levinson
Prussian Blue, Green, Ochre and Gray Series Part 12 of 17
Folded and cut paper
1980
24 x 31 x 2.5 inches
 
Iota II Alexander Liberman
Iota II
Oil on canvas
1961
50 x 30.5 inches
 
Untitled Alexander Liberman
Untitled
Oil on canvas
1950s
18 x 24 inches
 
Adele Ed Mieczkowski
Adele
Acrylic on board
1963
31 x 31 inches
 
Blue Gantry Ed Mieczkowski
Blue Gantry
Acrylic and graphite on paper
1986
44.5 x 32 inches
 
3 on Green (116) Oli Sihvonen
3 on Green (116)
Oil on canvas
1963
81 x 17 inches
 
Elegy (017) Oli Sihvonen
Elegy (017)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
1988
60 x 68 inches
 
Julian Stanczak
Trespass in the Dark
Acrylic on canvas
2004
40 x 84 inches
 
Translucent Orange Julian Stanczak
Translucent Orange
Acrylic on canvas
1968-2002
36 x 36 inches
 
Blue on Gray Interlock Peter Anthony Stroud
Blue on Gray Interlock
Acrylic on canvas
1973
60 x 78 inches
 
One at the Centre - Red Peter Anthony Stroud
One at the Centre - Red
Acrylic on canvas
1971
72. x 72.5 inches
 
C143 Tadasky
C143
Acrylic on canvas
1965
47 x 47 inches
 
R103 Tadasky
R103
Acrylic on canvas
2015
36 x 36 inches
 

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