For several years now, works by Venezuelan abstract artist Carols Cruz-Diez have been making their way through art fairs and day sale auctions at greater rates, with higher visibility and prices that keep moving upward. The 94-year-old artist who worked as an art director in New York in the forties has been influencing artists around the world since his first major exhibition in Madrid in 1956. The artist moved to Paris in 1960. Now Phillips is building its Summer exhibition around the works by the artist. Here’s their release:
Phillips’ Summer Exhibition, Carlos Cruz-Diez: Luminous Reality, is set to transform the London galleries of 30 Berkeley Square with an immersive public show from 16 July to 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.
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.”