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Optical Dazzle: Op Art at the McNay

June 10, 2021 

- September 5, 2021

Located in the Charles Butt Paperworks Gallery

Optical Dazzle: Op Art at the McNay

June 10, 2021 

- September 5, 2021

Located in the Charles Butt Paperworks Gallery

Of all forms of visual art, Op Art is the most physical, meaning that it causes our eyes to cross, twitch, and even ache. This is why this installation of Optical works from the Collection is such a wonderful complement to the McNay’s presentation of Limitless!, an exhibition which is also defined by sensory experiences. Among the highlights include a group of screenprints by the American Op artist Richard Anuszkiewicz. These small-scale, jewel-like works present complementary colors that seem to vibrate where they meet on the surface of the composition.

Optical Dazzle also includes paintings by Julian Stanczak and Susie Rosmarin, as well as a rarely seen sculpture by the Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto.

Optical Dazzle: Op Art at the McNay is organized for the McNay Art Museum by Lyle W. Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Curator of Modern Art.

Lead funding is generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Foundation of 1992.

Image: Richard Anuszkiewicz, Untitled, 1966. Screenprint. Gift of Emma-Stina and Kenneth W. Prescott, 2008.34 © Richard Anuszkiewicz/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York