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Featured exhibition: Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art, 1954–1969, Palm Springs Art Museum, until 15 January 2018


Martha Boto, Déplacements optico-hydrauliques, 1970, Collection of Gérard and Maria Rose Guilbert, Paris. Courtesy of Sicardi Gallery, Houston, © 2017 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris, Photograph by Logan Sebastian Beck

Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art, 1954–1969, Palm Springs Art Museum, 26 August 2017 – 15 January, 2018.

This exhibition is the first in-depth examination of the pioneering role played by South American artists in the international Kinetic Art movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Grounded by scholarly research into experimental art movements of the late 1940s and early 1950s in Buenos Aires, Caracas, and Rio de Janeiro.  Kinesthesia  begins its survey with the layered “vibrational” works created by Jesús Rafael Soto for the historic Le Mouvement exhibition at Galerie Denise René in Paris (1955) and goes on to explore more than fifty examples by nine artists, including the works of internationally well-known figures, such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Gyula Kosice, and Julio Le Parc, alongside the less well known Martha Boto, Horacio García-Rossi, Alejandro Otero, Abraham Palatnik, and Gregorio Vardánega. The exhibition like that at Santa Barbara is part of the Getty Foundation supported Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Liverpool

2014-06-DazzleShipCarlos Cruz-Diez (b.1923), Liverpool, 12 June 2014 – Winter 2015.
The artist has been commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art and Tate Liverpool to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War I by creating his contemporary version of a World War I ‘dazzle-ship’ in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, adjoining the river Mersey. A dazzle-ship’s abstract geometric-form of camouflage was devised in 1917 (and applied by the English artist Edward Wadsworth) to distort optically a ship’s shape, so that it was difficult for German submarines to calculate the course it was travelling on, and so know from what angle to attack. But so far the Venezuelan artist’s ‘take’ on a dazzle-ship has been met by Scouse wits comparing it to a tube of Refreshers, the 1970s British sweet!