Julio Le Parc, Mural: Virtual Circles, 1964–66, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Debbie and Mark Attanasio, Jane and Marc Nathanson, Jane and Terry Semel, The Loreen Arbus Foundation, Janet Dreisen Rappaport and Herb Rappaport, an anonymous donor, Alyce Woodward Oppenheimer, and the Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art Deaccession Fund through the 2013 Collectors Committee, © Julio Le Parc/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

From the Collection: Mural: Virtual Circles

June 8, 2015
Linda Theung, Editor

Seen from the front, Mural: Virtual Circles is deceivingly static. But with just a slight movement from the viewer, it becomes fully activated, dizzying and alluring at once. Despite the work’s relatively simple construction, it is visually complex, throwing into question the viewer’s own sense of sight, and inviting closer consideration of our own perception.

The work embodies Julio Le Parc’s emphasis on the participatory nature of art. Together with other international artists, Le Parc founded the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (Group for Visual Art Research, or GRAV). The group experimented with a range of kinetic and optical effects and the use of new materials.

Julio Le Parc's Mural: Virtual Circles is currently on view on the fourth floor of the Art of the Americas Building. Check out LACMA's Collections Online to learn more about this work.

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