Yaacov Agam, “The Father of Kinetic Art,” is featured in a new exhibition at the famed Grand Palais, Paris. Learn more about Agam at Park West Gallery
Notions of space, vision and light run through the abstract art of the 20th century and interest many world renowned contemporary artists. By putting vibration along with the spectator’s perception in the center of their works, they set up multiple resonances with optical and kinetic art, which first emerged at the Movement exhibition in Denise René’s Paris gallery in 1955, but also, more broadly, with what was later called “perceptual art” at the exhibition “The Responsive Eye” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965.
In an unprecedented move, the whole of the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, an area of about 3,700 square meters, has been made available for the exhibition, in order to present almost 150 artists, who contributed to the development of this approach over a hundred years or so. Outstanding among them are Anish Kapoor, Marcel Duchamp, Victor Vasarely, Alexander Calder and Yaacov Agam.
After an introduction that starts with the most recent work and goes back in time, the exhibition puts the emphasis on the dialogue between the various periods, seeking to show the continuity of these ideas and their complex interweaving. The two main parts – “Vision” and “Space” – are divided into sixteen subsections dealing with various aspects of phenomenal experience: immateriality, monochrome, interference, immersion, flickering, haziness, instability, distortion, the void, the invisible and permutation.
For exhibition details, please visit www.grandpalais.fr.
Fine art by Yaacov Agam is available through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.