Color and Motion

The current installation on view in Marquand Mather gathers together a group of artists who shared an interest in the power of the elemental properties of art--color, geometry, and materiality -- to evoke a sensory response from viewers. Led by figures such as Calder, Albers and Vasarely, these artists understood that such elements were not fixed, but rather in various combinations would produce optical effects, appearing to shift in hue or create a sense of dynamic motion depending on the quality of light or movement of the viewer in front of the work.

  • Untitled (Sculpture)
    Alexander Calder, American, 1898–1976 | Published by Maeght Editeur, Paris | Printed by Mourlot, New York
    Untitled (Sculpture), 1959
    x1962-57
  • The Two Arrows
    Alexander Calder, American, 1898–1976
    The Two Arrows, 1966
    x1966-63
  • Double Imagery
    Louise Nevelson, American, 1899–1988
    Double Imagery, 1967
    x1970-12
  • Turkiz
    Victor de Vasarely, Hungarian, active in France, 1908-1997
    Turkiz, 1967
    y1971-18
  • Forme en Contorsion sur Trame Rouge (Contorted Form on Red Web)
    Julio Le Parc, Argentinian, active in France, born 1928
    Forme en Contorsion sur Trame Rouge (Contorted Form on Red Web), 1969
    y1971-20
  • Pillars
    Josef Albers, American, born Germany, 1888–1976 | Printed by Sirocco Screenprinters
    Pillars, 1928, printed 1970
    x1972-7
  • Labyrinth
    Martha Boto, Argentinian, active in France, 1925–2004
    Labyrinth, 1965
    y1973-107
  • Elephanta
    Sam Gilliam, American, born 1933
    Elephanta, 1970
    y1976-29
  • Ishtar Melted
    Jules Olitski, American, born Russia, 1922–2007
    Ishtar Melted, 1965
    y1977-84
  • Sequential IV
    Richard Anuszkiewicz, American, born 1930 | Printed by Seri-arts, New York | Published by Sanmore Editions, Ltc., New York
    Sequential IV, 1972
    x1980-54
  • Double Imagery
    Louise Nevelson, American, 1899–1988
    Double Imagery, 1967
    x1981-10
  • Untitled
    Sonia Delaunay, French, born in Ukraine, 1885–1979
    Untitled, ca. 1965
    x1981-109