Op Art In Vancouver

October 17, 2020 - April 5, 2021

Joan Balzar, Blue Neon, 1967, acrylic, wood, neon tubing, electronic transformer on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Alexander Cotter, Photo: Vancouver Art Gallery

Op Art was an international art movement that emerged in the 1960s. Actively embraced by a dynamic group of Vancouver artists, this new form of art celebrated instability, transformation and movement—caused by both optical phenomena within a composition and by the physical movement of the viewer in front of the artworks.


Presented in conversation with the exhibition Victor Vasarely, Op Art in Vancouver features artists Joan Balzar, Brian Fisher, Michael Morris, Bodo Pfeifer, Gordon Smith and Takao Tanabe.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery