Op Infinitum: 'The Responsive Eye' Fifty Years After (Part II)
American Op Art In The 60s

Curated by David Eichholtz and Peter Frank
May 26 - July 12, 2015
Gallery Talk and Closing reception: Saturday, July 11 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

_I_Op Infinitum_ _The Responsive Eye_ Fifty Years

This is the second presentation in a four-part series that critically reviews and reconsiders “The Responsive Eye”, the seminal “Op Art” exhibition organized by William C. Seitz at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965.

Richard Anuszkiewicz
Hannes Beckmann
Karl Benjamin
Ernst Benkert
Leon Berkowitz
Francis Celentano
Thomas Downing
Lorser Feitelson
John Goodyear
Francis Hewitt
Charles Hinman
Ward Jackson
Leroy Lamis
Mon Levinson
Alexander Liberman
Ed Mieczkowski
Rakuko Naito
Paul Reed
Oli Sihvonen
Julian Stanczak
Peter Stroud
Tadaaki
Tadasky
Leo Valledor
Mario Yrisarry
Larry Zox

David Richard Gallery Presents “Op Infinitum: ‘The Responsive Eye’ Fifty Years After”, Featuring American Op Art in the 60s and the Spirit of MoMA’s Exhibition.

Featured in “Op Infinitum” are nine artists who were not included in “The Responsive Eye” exhibition at MoMA in 1965, yet their artworks are every bit as visually stimulating and mentally challenging as those presented in that seminal exhibition. The exploration of perceptual art was vast in the 60s and in many ways, this presentation is a continuation of “The Responsive Eye”, expanding the roster and recognizing the far reach of “optical” abstraction.

“Op Infinitum: ‘The Responsive Eye’ Fifty Years After” is the second installment of a four part series commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the ground-breaking “Op Art” exhibition organized by William C. Seitz at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in February, 1965. The gallery’s first presentation earlier in 2014 focused on the roster of the “The Responsive Eye”, critically examining the artwork both during the 1960s and later in the careers of a group of American artists who were part of that seminal exhibition. This presentation moves beyond an analysis of the “roster” and turns toward the “spirit” of “The Responsive Eye” and that period of time in the early 60s as Seitz curated his presentation. David Richard Gallery’s sequence of exhibitions examining and reconsidering “The Responsive Eye” is organized by art historian, curator and critic Peter Frank and gallerist, historian and curator David Eichholtz.

All of the artists in “Op Infinitum” were creating perceptual art in the 60s using color, line and composition with diverse approaches, including painting, constructions, kinetics and three-dimensional objects. Various supports were used—canvas, panel, wood, acrylic—and the media was brushed, stained, sprayed, poured and glued to create artworks that were “retinal” and “perceptual”. What is important to note is that the artworks featured in “Op Infinitum” from the nine artists who were not included in the 1965 presentation at MoMA, are as equally spectacular and every bit as visually stimulating and mentally challenging as the artworks from the artists who Seitz did include in that seminal exhibition. And, these nine artists were not alone. The exploration of visual perception was extensive, occurring across the US and around the world. “Op Infinitum”, in many ways, is a continuation of “The Responsive Eye” exhibition that expands the roster and recognizes the impact of “optical” abstraction on generations of artists.

The current presentation, “Op Infinitum”, looks at the 1960s artworks—and a few from the early 70s— from 9 artists who were not included in “The Responsive Eye” exhibition in 1965, even though they were working in a similar fashion, during the same time and often colleagues of the artists who were included in that seminal presentation. Those artists include: Leon Berkowitz, Charles Hinman, Ward Jackson, Tadaaki Kuwayama, Rakuko Naito, Paul Reed, Leo Valledor, Mario Yrisarry and Larry Zox. Their artworks are presented alongside the artworks of 16 of the American artists who were featured in MoMA’s exhibition, including: Richard Anuszkiewicz, Karl Benjamin, Ernst Benkert, Francis Celentano, Thomas Downing, Lorser Feitelson, John Goodyear, Francis Hewitt, Leroy Lamis, Tony DeLap, Mon Levinson, Ed Mieczkowski, Oli Sihvonen, Julian Stanczak, Peter Stroud and Tadasky.

“Op Infinitum: ‘The Responsive Eye’ Fifty Years After”, a presentation of American Op Art in the 60s will be presented at David Richard Gallery from May 29 through July 6, 2015. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 29 from 5:00-7:00 PM. A digital catalogue will be available with an essay by Peter Frank. The gallery is located at 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555 in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.

 

 

 

 

 

List Richard Anuszkiewicz
List
Acrylic on masonite
1968
48 x 48 inches
 
_43 Karl Benjamin
#43
Oil on canvas
1965
25.5 x 51 inches
 
Untitled Ernst Benkert
Untitled
Ink on paper
1965
12 x 12 inches
 
Oblique _6 Leon Berkowitz
Oblique #6
Oil on canvas
1968
114 x 37 inches
 
Poniard Series Francis Celentano
Poniard Series
Acrylic on masonite
1965
34 x 42 inches
 
Miss Mystic Tony DeLap
Miss Mystic
Acrylic on aluminum, wood, Hi-D foam
2004-2012
27.5 x 35 x 3 inches
 
Kissii Thomas Downing
Kissii
Acrylic on canvas
1972
50 x 50 inches
 
Untitled (September 22) Lorser Feitelson
Untitled (September 22)
Acrylic on canvas
1964
60 x 60 inches
 
John Cage Throws a Fish Into The Piano John Goodyear
John Cage Throws a Fish Into The Piano
Enamel, acrylic on wood
1960
72 x 35 x 1 inches
 
Pursed Francis Hewitt
Pursed
Acrylic on canvas on masonite
1964
24 x 24 inches
 
Docking In Space Charles Hinman
Docking In Space
Shaped canvas
1970
28.75 x 56.5 x 5 inches
 
Parallel Point _1 Ward Jackson
Parallel Point #1
Acrylic on canvas
ca 1963
37 x 37 inches
 
TK4935-1_2-_65 Tadaaki Kuwayama
TK4935-1/2-'65
Acrylic on canvas
1965
35.5 x 35.5 inches
 
Wall Relief _15 Leroy Lamis
Wall Relief #15
Plexiglass
1975
24 x 24.5 x 2.25 inches
 
Multilayered print from Rosa Esman_s New York Ten Portfolio Mon Levinson
Multilayered print from Rosa Esman's New York Ten Portfolio
Acetate film layers and paper
1964
14.5 x 11.75 inches
 
Extrend Ed Mieczkowski
Extrend
Acrylic on board
1964
40 x 36 x 1.5 inches
 
RN1468-64 Rakuko Naito
RN1468-64
Acrylic and metallic acrylic on linen
1964
68 x 68 inches
 
Untitled Larry Poons
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
1960
40 x 40 inches
 
Barcelona _4 Paul Reed
Barcelona #4
Acrylic on canvas
1965
60 x 72 inches
 
Tactile See-Through Julian Stanczak
Tactile See-Through
Acrylic on canvas
1974
36 x 36 inches
 
Green Circumvent with Yellow Green Peter Anthony Stroud
Green Circumvent with Yellow Green
Emulsion on wood
1963
60 x 60 inches
 
C188 Tadasky
C188
Acrylic on canvas
1965
57 x 57 inches
 
Together Leo Valledor
Together
Oil on canvas
1968
48 x 68 inches
 
Summer Mario Yrisarry
Summer
Acrylic on canvas
1965
77 x 68 inches
 
Untitled Larry Zox
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
1975
22 x 60 inches
 

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