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.


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Artist
Julio Le Parc, Argentinean, born 1928
Title
Continuel-lumière mobile
Continuous light mobile or Unceasing Light Mobile
Date
1960–1966
Medium
Light, steel discs, nylon threads, wooden mounting frame
Dimensions
86 5/8 × 78 3/4 × 11 5/8 in. (220 × 200 × 30 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the 2005 Latin American Experience Gala and Auction, and the Latin Maecenas

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2005.321
Classification
Sculpture
Provenance

The artist, Paris; sold to MFAH, 2005.