In February 1965, The Museum of Modern Art mounted an exhibition titled The Responsive Eye, comprised of works by nearly 100 artists from around the world who were experimenting with Op-art before the term existed. The exhibition was groundbreaking, spanning international borders, yet rooted in established visual and color studies. It encompassed Optic, Kinetic, Conceptual, and Color Field art.
To commemorate this landmark exhibition, and to further examine Op-art’s current imprint on the art world, Maxwell Davidson Gallery presents The Responsive Eye at 50, with works by historical artists featured in the 1965 MoMA show, such as Victor Vasarely, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Bridget Riley, Yaacov Agam, and Luis Tomasello. The far-reaching influence of The Responsive Eye on today’s artists cannot be overlooked. As such, we will also show work by contemporary artists and artists influenced by the Op-art movement including Pedro S. De Movellan, Mary Ann Unger, Sanford Wurmfeld, Kevin Osmond, Ghost of a Dream, and Sam Messenger.