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Optical Pulse: Modern Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection

September 21 through November 24, 2013

Juergen Strunck, Untitled, 1973, 1974.5In the 1960s a group of abstract artists led by Richard Anuszkiewicz (American, born 1930) and Victor Vasarely (Hungarian, 1906–1997) began controlling the relationships between colors and shapes in their works to produce particular optical effects. A visual feast, their works engage both the eye and the mind with the illusion of movement. Known as Op Art, Optical Art, or Perceptual Abstraction, these works play with our senses; our mind recognizes that they are flat and two-dimensional, but the artistic distortions cause us to “see” vibrating form and color in three-dimensions.


Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

Juergen Strunck (American, born Germany, 1943), Untitled (detail), 1973, screen print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 1974.5