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Jésus Rafael Soto
Venezuelan, 1923 - 2005
Green and Black Immaterial Curves, 1966
Wood, metal, and paint
106 x 106 x 25.1 cm (41 3/4 x 41 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches)
Nancy Sayles Day Collection of Modern Latin American Art 66.152

Jésus Rafael Soto

Green and Black Immaterial Curves

Jésus Rafael Soto
Venezuelan, 1923 - 2005
Green and Black Immaterial Curves, 1966
Wood, metal, and paint
106 x 106 x 25.1 cm (41 3/4 x 41 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches)
Nancy Sayles Day Collection of Modern Latin American Art 66.152

A Venezuelan who lived in Paris for many years, Soto is known for pioneering kinetic relief sculpture. His work generates striking optical effects and is often associated with the Op Art movement. In this wall sculpture, a fixed background of thin parallel lines anchors a suspended field of delicate, curved, freely moving wires. When the observer’s viewpoint shifts, the juxtaposition produces a distinct optical vibration not dependent on the movement of the hanging wires themselves but only on the viewer’s own movement. For the artist, this phenomenon was a reminder that the world is in a constant state of flux. Green and Black Immaterial Curves appears to become light and space, reinforcing Soto’s idea of impermanence, transmutation, and immateriality.


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