American (Tokyo, Japan, 1937)
Op art plays with visual perception. Focus on this piece, and soon the dots will dance.
Come close and you see that the dots are firmly tethered in a complicated grid. The
diagonal orientation of the oval dots determines the trajectory of their movement
or more accurately the position of their after-images that generate the illusion of
movement. During the late 1950s and the 1960s, Larry Poons adopted the edge-to-edge
and decentralized composition of Jackson Pollock and other AbEx artists, but like
Ad Reinhardt and the branch of AbEx named color field, he rejected expressive gesture.
However, unlike color field painters, he was not interested in reaching primal truths
or creating a zone of contemplation. He wanted to generate a heightened awareness
of visual sensation.
Hours & Location
Monday – Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm
except between temporary exhibits
and on University holidays.
142 CFA Building
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-2224
Fax: (901) 678-5118