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Born in Mendoza, Argentina in 1927, Julio Le Parc lives and works in Cachan (just south of central Paris). Artist-experimenter and a major proponent of the geometrical and kinetic art that marked the 1960s, he was a founding member of GRAV (Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel, 1960–68) and an active participant in all its shows, as well as in those of the Nouvelle Tendance group. His work explores questions of movement, light and optics, as well as the relations between art and beholder. Regularly exhibited at Denise René’s gallery, in 1966 he won the International Grand Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale. A great champion of human rights, he worked on numerous collective anti-fascist projects, many of them attacking the dictatorships of Latin America. In 1959 he returned to his original research into colour, and in 1969 worked on the surface and permutations of the fourteen colours of the prism around themes such as “Ondes” and “Volumes virtuels”.

Julio Le Parc’s work featured in many significant group and solo shows in the 1960s. In 1972 he refused the offer of a retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, literally on the toss of a coin. More recently, his work has given rise to major exhibitions and retrospectives: Le Parc Lumière from 2005 to 2014 in Zurich, Mexico City, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, solo shows at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2013 and at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 2014. Noteworthy group shows include Suprasensorial (MOCA, Los Angeles, 2011), Erre, variations labyrinthiques (Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2011), Dynamo (Grand Palais, Paris, 2013), Illusione de la luce (Fondation Pinault, Venice, 2014) and Phares (Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2014).

Julio Le Parc
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