Following his major retrospective at the Perez Art Museum, Miami and a concurrent show in New York, Julio Le Parc returns to Galerie Perrotin Paris with an exhibition of recent and historic works.
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Both floors of the gallery are dedicated to new installations and mobiles that are on show alongside recent paintings. Exhibited for the first time, these works will create a dialogue with the historical paintings, sculptures and installations from the 70’s to the 90’s. Lastly, a virtual reality artwork, designed with his son Juan Le Parc, will offer an insight into the artist’s work.
On the occasion of the exhibition, Perrotin has published a comprehensive bilingual book including a text by Hans Ulrich Obrist and an interview between the artist and Jérôme Sans.
Julio Le Parc’s art burst with boundless energy. Encountering him in his studio in the Paris Cachan suburb, he exudes a sense of youth and constant experimentation. Born in Argentina in 1928 and living
in France, he is known for using projected, moving and reflected light to create works of art in constant flux which are as vibrant today as they were at the time of their creation.
At the heart of his practice is a desire to experiment with our engagement and perception of art, thereby altering our perspective on the roles of the artist, the spectator and the institution, as well as a firm belief in the seditious potential of art. A note he wrote for Instagram at the time of his exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London in 2014 read: “Optimismo siempre” (optimism forever), a sentiment echoed by his playful and irreverent oeuvre.
Through his experimentation with light, Le Parc creates situations of visual instability, in the work and in the viewer’s experience. These immersive and interactive installations are often activated by the viewer’s participation – shifting the focus of his work from the hand of the artist to the spectator.
Julio Le Parc was born in 1928 in Mendoza, Argentina. He works and lives in Paris since 1958. He was awarded the International Grand Prize for Painting at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966. His works are part of the main worldwide public collections and are regularly shown in international exhibitions.