Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception

Image Credit: The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB

01225 388569
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Friday 20 October 2017 – Sunday 21 January 2018
Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm Sunday and Bank holidays). Closed 24 to 26 December and 1 January
Admission Fee: £10/£9 concs/ Free to all Museum Members
Booking recommended
http://www.holburne.org/events/seurat-to-riley-the-art-of-perception/?instance_id=11088

Talk

The Optical Conscious: Bridget Riley’s Op Art from an Historical Perspective Frances Follin, of Co-curator Seurat to Riley: the Art of Perception
16/11/2017
£10
Booking essential

Preview

Is Seeing Believing? The Psychology and Neuroscience of Illusion in Art
11/01/18
£10
Booking essential

This exhibition will explore one of the most exciting threads of art history of the past 150 years. Many artists from the Impressionists onwards were inspired by scientific colour theories, such as the pointillist work of Georges Seurat, where colours other than those actually painted on the canvas are generated in the eye of the viewer.

During the 20th century this interest in perception extended to creating a sense of movement and a variety of artists from the Vorticists to Josef Albers looked at using form, and often colour, to convey the sensation of movement. This interest intensified in the 1950s and 1960s in what came to be known as ‘Op Art’ and ‘Kinetic Art’, exemplified by the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley, Jeffrey Steele and Peter Sedgley.

This art has had a bold legacy right up to the present, not only in the further development of some of these artists but also in the work of others including Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jim Lambie and Sara Moorhouse.

Exhibition organised by Compton Verney

Principal Sponsor
The University of Bath

 

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