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17 May 2017

Carlos Cruz-Diez: Mastering Colour

Puerta Roja

Reviewed by Andy Gambrell

In celebration of Le French May annual arts festival, Adriana Alvarez-Nichol organized "Mastering Colour," an exhibition of recent works by Carlos Cruz-Diez at Puerta Roja. The pieces on display present sensual optical effects through the artist's deft manipulation of parallel vertical bands in print, transparency, relief, and projection. Cruz-Diez's interactive compositions of shimmering and ever-changing color are inviting, and manifest a spirit of expertise without pretense.

The 93-year-old master's practice is at once surprisingly contemporary and refreshingly analog. The necessity of viewing the work directly from observation is a welcome respite from the Instagrammable. Cruz-Diez's colors primarily exist in the eye and mind, as his compositions depend upon a gamut of optical strategies including simultaneous contrast, successive contrast, and mixtures that rearrange by parallax. "Mastering Colour" presents the ease and power of form born of visual function.

Exhibition Carlos Cruz-Diez: Mastering Colour link
Start date 20 Mar 2017
End date 25 May 2017
Presenter Puerta Roja link
Venue 1/F Soho 189 Art Lane, 189 Queens Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, HKG map
Image Carlos Cruz-Diez, Physichromie 1889, chromography on aluminum, 100 x 150 cm, 2014, courtesy of Puerta Roja

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