PHILLIPS X: NEW EXHIBITION PLATFORM WITH CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ: LUMINOUS REALITY

PHILLIPS X: NEW EXHIBITION PLATFORM WITH CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ: LUMINOUS REALITY

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Phillips' Summer Exhibition, Carlos Cruz-Diez: Luminous Reality, is set to transform the London galleries of 30 Berkeley Square with an immersive public until 6 September 2018. This marks the first exhibition for PHILLIPS X, the company's new exhibition platform. Presenting masterworks from throughout the career of Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, the exhibition will include significant and previously unseen artworks, as well as works from important private collections.

Considered one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries, this exhibition of Cruz-Diez's work will focus on his exploration of kinetic-optic art through the use of colour, light and illusion.

Considered one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries, this exhibition of Cruz-Diez's work will focus on his exploration of kinetic-optic art through the use of colour, light and illusion.

Miety Heiden, Deputy Chairman and Head of Private Sales, and Kaeli Deane, Head of Latin American Art, said, “The works highlighted in this exhibition illustrate the artistic achievements of Carlos Cruz-Diez. A visionary and trailblazer at the forefront of kinetic art since the 1950s, Cruz-Diez has dedicated his career to an intense investigation of colour theory and the importance of viewer participation in art."

"This unprecedented exhibition in London will include examples from the artist's most important series, such as his renowned Physichromies as well as a Chromointerferent Environment, a fully immersive installation that embodies Cruz-Diez's experiments with light. The combination of previously unseen recent works and historic works demonstrating various periods of his career throughout the last century culminate in a broad and rounded exploration of Cruz-Diez's artistic evolution. We look forward to sharing them with both new and longstanding admirers of his work.”

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Carlos Cruz-Diez Born in Caracas in 1923, Carlos Cruz-Diez is one of the foremost pioneers of Kinetic Art. It was during his education at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Aplicadas that Cruz-Diez discovered his love of colour; a passion that would absorb him throughout his artistic career. Disregarding traditional picture making as a process filled with limitations, Cruz-Diez began to experiment with colour in new ways, travelling to Paris and Barcelona where he came into contact with the work of Alexander Calder and Marcel Duchamp.

Inspired by European artworks and by literature investigating the theory of colour perception, Cruz-Diez began to explore ways of conjuring colour effects through variegated surfaces. The product of restless research and invention, his interactive works appear to shift and change according to the viewer's slightest movement. Colour and shapes appear and disappear in a constant kaleidoscopic interplay with the viewer's eye.

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Cover photo: Carlos Cruz-Diez in front of Induction du Rose N°206, 2016 © | Photo: Lisa Preud'homme / Atelier Cruz-Diez Paris

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