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Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean

Works of art from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean range from ancient cultures to cutting-edge artists of today. Among the highlights are the Glassell Collection of Pre-Columbian Gold and the museum’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art by Latin American and Latino artists.

© 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Argentinean, born 1928
Continental-lumière mobile
Continuous Light Mobile or Unceasing Light Mobile
Hanging metallic elements and spotlights

86 5/8 x 78 3/4 x 11 5/8 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum purchase with funds provided by the 2005 Latin American Experience Gala and Auction, and the Latin Maecenas

Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean

Julio Le Parc pioneered the use of light as an autonomous artistic element. He worked in Argentina until 1958, then moved to Paris, where he met Victor Vasarely. In 1960 with Francisco Sobrino, Le Parc founded the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visual, which was dedicated to creating interactive optical and kinetic objects and environments. His series of Móviles continuos are mirror-like squares suspended in vertical rows that move with the wind, capturing the fleeting images of the room and propagating the continually changing reflections. Le Parc never fabricates complex apparatuses nor has he relied exclusively on merely technical effects. As such, his works can be replicated by a skillful observer, and Le Parc himself identifies this as a defining conceptual aspect of his work. His objects are neither unique nor are they made by the artist’s own hands. They have been crafted by a team of workers and, for this reason, they are not signed.