Galerie Perrotin is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Julio Le Parc in New York since 1973. This will be the final exhibition at the Madison Avenue gallery before relocating to 130 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side in April 2016.
A co-founder in 1960 in Paris of the influential collective, Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV) along with Horacio Garcia Rossi, Francisco Sobrino, François Morellet, Joël Stein and Jean-Pierre Vasarely (Yvaral), Julio Le Parc is a major figure of historical importance within Kinetic and Contemporary Art.
Complementing the historical show at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, opening November 18, 2016, Galerie Perrotin will show Julio Le Parc’s newest series of paintings, “Alchimies”, as well as select iconic installations, illustrating fifty years of relevant art practice that includes ongoing research and experimentation. This follows recent successful retrospectives at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, 2013, and the Serpentine Gallery, London, 2014-2015. Julio Le Parc’s early paintings were influenced by the Constructivist Movement of Arte Concreto Invencion, as well as artists such as Piet Mondrian and Victor Vasarely.
However, since 1959, Le Parc has continued on his own independent path applying rigorous organizing principles to his paintings whether exploring the use of 14 scales of colors, or white, grey and black in varying yet precise endless combinations.
From 1960 onwards, Le Parc has produced simultaneously paintings that are founded on rigorous systems of organization of surface, and correlation of forms, as well as vibratory reliefs and immersive installations.
He has long been concerned with what art could do to consider the participation of the public, and his research into perceptual instability as a pioneer of Kinetic and Op Art led to important works involving light and movement. Le Parc was particularly interested in opening up new relations between the art object and viewer whereby the visitor is no longer a passive, dependent observer, but the active participant within a dynamic experience.
On show at Galerie Perrotin are six latest paintings, from the ‘Alchimie’ series, four of which are impressively large in scale. Involving several stages of drawings and smaller paintings they have evolved into compositions often containing subtle yet intense, progressively shifting simple forms.
In painting “Alchimie 332”, 2016, we see a large black center circled by overlapping pink, green, and orange dots, clustering intensely where they overlap, scattering out against a black background as if atomized, creating an effect that is simultaneously disorientating and hypnotic.
Also exhibited, is a recent three dimensional composition “Sphère bleu fluo” (Fluorescent blue sphere), 2001-2016, 7,2 feet in diameter and formed from hundreds of blue translucent plexiglas slats, creating transparency, movement and light that shifts with the air as well as by the position of the viewer.