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Shagadellic baby!  An art exhibit Austin Powers would travel back in time to see--albeit to Central Ohio--opens February 16th at the Columbus Museum of Art.  OPTIC NERVE: Perceptual Art of the 1960s will take patrons on a magic carpet ride through the movement that redefined the art world.

Op art, or optical art, is the term given to paintings and other works of art that use optical illusions.  This art form became uber-popular in the 1960s along with Pop Art, and took the art world by storm.  Born in an era of social tension and radical change, Op Art has become emblematic of the technological, social and sexual revolution in an era of global transition.  OPTIC NERVE examines the development and lasting influence of the international movement, exploring perceptual phenomena in painting, sculpture and light installation.

will feature the minimalism of Frank Stella, the masters of the movement, Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, as well as other famous Op artists, including Ellsworth Kelly, Larry Poons, Julian Stanczak and Max Bill.  The exhibit is the first comprehensive survey of Op Art by an American museum in more than twenty-five years.

“This is art that heads directly to the nervous system and draws attention to our own processes of seeing and believing,” says Joe Houston, Associate Curator for Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art.  “It had a profound effect on the course of contemporary art, provoking a more interactive viewing experience.”

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