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Op Art

OP ART STYLE

The Op art movement emerged in the 1960s, mirroring the counterculture of the time in its embrace of visual trickery, graphic shapes and bright colors.

Spreading across Europe and the Americas, the style — whose name is short for “optical art” — influenced advertising, fashion and interior design before fading in the early ’70s.

Op art remained significant, however, for artists and scientists interested in the nature of perception. And today, it’s seeing a resurgence of interest from collectors and interior designers.

Op artists played with the principles of perception, manipulating line, shape, patterns and color to create the illusion of depth and movement. They drew on and evolved methods developed by past movements, from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism, to produce intense visual experiences.

All the Op artists shared a focus on the gap between what is and what we perceive. Each, however, had a distinct approach to the issue and a unique visual style.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of Op art that includes works by Josef Albers, Bridget Riley, Jesús Rafael Soto and more.

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Style: Op Art
Optical green composition - Original Screen Print by Victor Debach - 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Optical green composition is an original contemporary artwork realized by Victor Debach in the 1970s. Mixed colored serigraph on paper. Hand signed on the lower right margin. Num...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Oscar Reutersvard Original Op Art Pen, Ink & Watercolor Drawing C.1990
Located in San Francisco, CA
Oscar Reutersvard Original Op Art Pen, Ink & Watercolor Drawing C.1990 Dimensions 8" wide x 11" high Housed in a simple frame - Dimensions 15" wide x 19" high Signed at the lower ...
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Late 20th Century Op Art

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Ink, Watercolor

Roy Ahlgren 'Embryo' Signed Limited Edition Op-Art Serigraph Print
Located in San Rafael, CA
Roy Ahlgren Embryo, 1982 Serigraph Signed, title and edition in pencil in lower margin Edition 8/130 Sheet: 22 1/4in H x 29 3/4in L (unframed)
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Late 20th Century Op Art

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Archival Paper, Screen

Mona Lisa
Located in PAU, FR
Mona Lisa, Serigraph, 1987, # 7 of 100, pencil signed and numbered. Measurements: Frame H 43.25 x W 30 x D 1 - Sight H 34.75 x W 21.75 Jean-Pierre Vasarely (1934-2002) known as Yvar...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Untitled (In Barcelona Suite), Larry Bell
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Larry Bell (1939) Title: Untitled (In Barcelona Suite) Year: 1989 Medium: Color Aquatint on Arches paper Edition: 75, plus proofs Size: 30 x 22 inches Condition: Excellent In...
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1980s Op Art

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Aquatint

USTEOK
Located in Aventura, FL
Serigraph on paper. Hand signed and numbered by the artist. Artwork size 36 x 18 inches. Frame size approx 49 x 30 inches. From the edition of 200. Certificate of authenticity i...
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1970s Op Art

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Paper, Screen

Colour Additive, one plate, 1970
Located in Cuauhtemoc, Ciudad de México
Silkscreen on light-weight card paper, signed in pencil, dated and numbered 4/200, with the blindstamp of the publisher Denise René Editions, Paris, with full margins. Squares const...
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20th Century Op Art

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Paper, Screen

Agam Silkscreen Judaica Kiddush Cup Signed Israeli Kinetic Op Art Sculpture
Located in Surfside, FL
This is a revolving colorful kiddush cup with a signed and numbered Agam op art print in it. this includes the base tray. There is no cup insert so it is more of a sculptural piece ...
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1990s Op Art

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Metal

Zaphir
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Victor Vasarely Zaphir c.1970 Screenprint on wove paper 13 x 10 in. Edition of 50 Pencil signed & numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine A...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Polarization, Limited Edition Silkscreen, Roy Ahlgren
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
ROY AHLGREN (1927 - 2011) American Printmaker, painter and instructor, Ahlgren became known during the Op Art movement in the early 1960s. He created geometric abstract designs, and ...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

An American Portrait, 1976, Yaacov Agam
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Yaakov Agam (1928) Title: An American Portrait Year: 1976 Medium: Offset Lithograph on wove paper Size: 27.75 x 19.25 inches Condition: Excellent Notes: Published by Mourlot ...
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1970s Op Art

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Lithograph, Offset

Lenk Series B, Limited Edition Silkscreen, Thomas Lenk
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
KASPAR-THOMAS LENK (1933- ) German sculptor and painter. He is world renowned for his stylized figurative works that resemble ruined, burnt-out buildings or landscape forms. Early on...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Ringling
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: David Simpson Title: Ringling Year: c. 1969 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 80 Size: 30 x 22.5 inches
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1960s Op Art

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Screen

Centered Rings, from Twelve Progressions
Located in Miami, FL
Technical Information: Julian Stanczak Centered Rings, from Twelve Progressions 1971 Screenprint 26 1/8 x 31 3/4 in. Edition of 90 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA b...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Vintage Laminated Cast Acrylic Block c.1970s
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vasa Velizar Mihich Mid Century Laminated Cast Acrylic Block c.1970s Vintage 1970s Acrylic Block Every Angle Reveals A Different Optic Dimensions 2.25" x 2" x 4.25" At some angle...
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Mid-20th Century Op Art

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Acrylic Polymer

Saphan, Abstract Screenprint by Omar Rayo
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Omar Rayo, Colombian (1928 - ) Title: Saphan Year: 1969 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 75 Paper Size: 21 x 23 inches; 53.3 x 58.4 cm
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1960s Op Art

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Screen

"Untitled" Abstract, Geometric, Squares, Cubes, Hexagon, Colors, Movement
Located in Detroit, MI
Victor Vasarely born in 1906 was a Hungarian-French artist, who is widely accepted as a "grandfather" and leader of the Op Art movement. Op Art is a form of abstract art that gives t...
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Mid-20th Century Op Art

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Paper, Screen

HOMAGE TO HIRST (DIMENSIONAL PIECES OF WOOD WITH MAGNETS)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original dimensional hand painted wood pieces with magnets attached to a rectangle shaped wood. Hand signed on front and verso by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Cer...
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Late 20th Century Op Art

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Wood, Acrylic

"Fiesta" Op Art Serigraph by Roy Ahlgren
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roy Ahlgren, American (1927 - 2011) Title: Fiesta Year: circa 1970 Medium: Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 130 Image Size: 18 x 26 inches Size: 22 x 30 in...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Carden, OP Art Screenprint by Vasarely
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Victor Vasarely, Hungarian (1908 - 1997) Title: Carden Year: 1980 Medium: Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP Size: 36.5 x 28 in. (92.71 x 71.12 cm)
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Harlequin Sportif
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Victor Vasarely, Hungarian (1908 - 1997) Title: Harlequin Sportif Year: circa 1988 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 200 Image Size: 32 x 23.5 inches ...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

New York City Opera
Located in New York, NY
Anuszkiewicz created this poster, which was part of "Seven Serigraphs by Seven Artists" commemorating the 25th anniversary of City Center of Music and Dance, to support the New York ...
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1960s Op Art

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Screen

Midnight Suite (Blue with Black), Abstract Etching by Richard Anuszkiewicz
Located in Long Island City, NY
A student of Josef Albers, he shares Albers' fascination with shapes and their relationships to color. Considered a major force in the op art movement, Anuszkiewicz is concerned with...
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1970s Op Art

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Etching, Aquatint, Intaglio

Ter-Ur, OP Art Silkscreen by Vasarely
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Victor Vasarely, Hungarian (1908 - 1997) Title: Ter-Ur Year: circa 1980 Medium: Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 250 Image Size: 24.5 x 24.5 inches Size: 3...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Solitude, OP Art Seascape by Roy Ahlgren
Located in Long Island City, NY
Solitude Roy Ahlgren, American (1927–2011) Date: 1987 Screenprint, signed, numbered, dated, and titled in pencil Edition of 95 Image Size: 18 x 26 inches Size: 22 x 30 in. (55.88 x 7...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Bridget Riley, One Small Step, Screenprint on Paper, 2009
Located in London, GB
Bridget Riley, One Small Step, Screenprint on Paper, 2009 Screenprint in colours, on white wove paper Edition of 300 Hand signed, numbered and dated by the artist, recto. Published ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Op Art

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Paper, Screen

Titan A
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Victor Vasarely Titan A 1985 Screenprint 22 x 23 1/2 in. Edition of 300 Pencil signed & numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art Con...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

"Concentric Space (Silver)", Silkscreen by Clarence Holbrook Carter
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Clarence Holbrook Carter, American (1904 - 2000) Title: Concentric Space (Silver) Year: 1969 Medium: Silkscreen on foil paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 50 Image...
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1960s Op Art

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Foil

20th Century large optical art oil on board painting
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Circle of Victor Vasarely Oil on board 47 x 47 in. (119 x 119 cm.)
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20th Century Op Art

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Oil, Board

Puerto Rican Abstract Geometric Op Art Silkscreen Lithograph Kinetic Art
Located in Surfside, FL
Pyramid, Ziggurat form. Hand signed and numbered silkscreen. Tony Bechara, Artist born in Puerto Rico in 1942. Painter, printmaker. Bechara attended Georgetown University in Washingt...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Pulse
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Kyohei Inukai, American (1913 - 1985) Title: Pulse Year: circa 1970 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 37/100 Image Size: 21.75 x 25.5 inches Size: 23...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

"Pinwheel," OP Serigraph, 1980
Located in Long Island City, NY
This serigraph was created by German artist Jurgen Peters. Peters was a very well known optical artist in the 1970s, he was a contemporary of Victor Vasarely, Yaacov Agam and Briget ...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Victor Vasarely, Door, 1982
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Victor Vasarely (Hungarian / French 1906 – 1997) Door, 1982 Numbered ‘E.A. 7/9’ (lower left) and signed Vasarely (lower right) Artist’s proof Silkscreen print 43 x 23.1/2 in. (109.3 ...
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Mid-20th Century Op Art

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Screen

Lenk Series A, Limited Edition Silkscreen, Thomas Lenk
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
KASPAR-THOMAS LENK (1933- ) German sculptor and painter. He is world renowned for his stylized figurative works that resemble ruined, burnt-out buildings or landscape forms. Early on...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Cromovela Tryptich 20
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Signed; Edition of 8
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2010s Op Art

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Ceramic

Two Tigers on Green
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Victor Vasarely, Hungarian (1908 - 1997) Title: Two Tigers on Green Year: 1980 Medium: Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 250, CL Image Size: 17.5 x 26 inche...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Conferring Blue, Op Art Screenprint by Julian Stanczak
Located in Long Island City, NY
A colorful OP Art silkscreen by Poland-born American OP Artist, Julian Stanczak. Artist: Julian Stanczak, American (1928 - 2017) Title: Conferring Blue Year: 1981 Medium: Screenpr...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Ilile D
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Ilile D Screen print, 1990 Signed lower right (see photo) Numbered lower left (see photo) Edition: 300 plus 50 EA Published by Circle Art Gallery Reference: Benavides 1116 Condition:...
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1990s Op Art

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Screen

Polar Sea
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roy Ahlgren, American (1927 - 2011) Title: Polar Sea Year: circa 1983 Medium: Serigraph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 100 Image Size: 18 x 25.5 inches Size: 22.5 x ...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

"Pinwheel," OP Serigraph, 1980
Located in Long Island City, NY
This serigraph was created by German artist Jurgen Peters. Peters was a very well known optical artist in the 1970s, he was a contemporary of Victor Vasarely, Yaacov Agam and Briget ...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Ta Ma Fa
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Ta Ma Fa, 1978 Screenprint edition 161/250 (plus 25 numbered in Roman Numerals), pencil signed and number, image size 28"x21" Published by Hélion and printed by Atelier Arcay, Paris ...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

David Roth, Abstract Screenprint, 1979
Located in Long Island City, NY
This screenprint was created by American artist David Roth. Roth's images are proportioned according to a strict mathematical formula - the pictures are composed according to horizon...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Pink Composition, Victor Vasarely
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Victor Vasarely (1908-1997) Title: Pink Composition Year: Circa 1982 Medium: Silkscreen on Arches paper Edition: 300, plus proofs Size: 27.5 x 20.25 inches Condition: Excelle...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Untitled, (Black And Silver), Original Screen Print 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled - (Black And Silver) is a very colorful artwork realized by Jesús-Rafael Soto in the 1970s. Mixed colored serigraph on paper. The print is hand-signed in pencil on the lo...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Peano Curves - Original Screen Print by Bruno Munari - 1991
Located in Roma, IT
Triptych for Munari is an original print realized by Bruno Munari in 1991. Mixed colored screen print on Fabriano Rosaspina paper. Hand-signed and numbered in pencil on the lower ...
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1990s Op Art

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Screen

Safe Harbor, Op Art Serigraph by Roy Ahlgren
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roy Ahlgren, American (1927 - 2011) Title: Safe Harbor Year: 1988 Medium: Serigraph, signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil Edition: 11/100 Size: 22 x 30 in. (55.88 x ...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Solfège, Transformation, Fusion, Limited Edition, Hand-Signed Serigraph
Located in New York, NY
Yaacov Agam, (Israeli, b. 1928) Solfege Transformation Fusion, 1971 Hand-signed Color Silkscreen 70.5 x 70 cm. (27.8 x 27.6 in.) Edition of 200
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Land's End, Op Art Landscape by Roy Ahlgren
Located in Long Island City, NY
Image Size: 18 x 26 inches Paper Size: 22 x 30 inches Roy Ahlgren, American (1927 - 2011) Roy Ahlgren entered the art world somewhat in reverse. While most artists start by recordin...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Faces of Dali #4, Limited Edition Silkscreen, Jean-Pierre Vasarely (YVARAL)
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
JEAN PIERRE (YVARAL) VASARELY (1934-2002) Born in Paris in 1934, he was the son of the highly acclaimed Kinetic artist Victor Vasarely. Although Yvaral’s family name was Vasarely, d...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Solfège, transformation, Fusion, Limited Edition, Hand-Signed Serigraph
Located in New York, NY
Yaacov Agam, (Israeli, b. 1928) Solfege Transformation Fusion, 1971 Hand-signed Color Silkscreen 70.5 x 70 cm. (27.8 x 27.6 in.) Edition of 200
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Infinity #54 (op art curvy monochrome red pen drawing wood detailed oriental)
Located in Quebec, Quebec
Cheoluy Kim’s practice examines the blurred frontier between perceived reality and fantasy. His work is informed by a childhood growing up on the border of North and South Korea in G...
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2010s Op Art

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Birch, Wood Panel, Pen

untitled from Formulation: Articulation
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers, German (1888 - 1976) Title: Portfolio I, Folio 33 from Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Edition Size:1000 Medium: Silkscreen Image Size: 12 x 13 inches Fram...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Blue Composition - Original Screen Print on Paper by Victor Debach - 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed and numbered. Edition of 100 prints. On headed paper.
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Split Infinity #8B5 by Herbert Aach
Located in Long Island City, NY
This serigraph was created by German Op artist Herbert Aach. Aach's prints play with geometry and form, and trick the viewer's eyes by juxtaposing bright neon colors. This print is s...
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Roy Ahlgren "Concantenation" Signed Limited Edition Serigraph Op-Art
Located in San Rafael, CA
Roy Ahlgren (American, 1927 - 2011) Concatenation, 1970 Silkscreen (serigraph), signed, titled and numbered in pencil Edition 31/100 Image Size: 18 x 18 inches Sheet 20.5 in H x 20 i...
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20th Century Op Art

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Screen

Untitled Elongated Triangle 1 (s.10)
Located in London, London, City of
A Beautiful example of Bridget Riley's Elongated Triangle 1 Coloured Screenprint Signed and Dated in Pencil 8/75 Framed in a Chrome Frame
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

Nebulus
Located in La Canada Flintridge, CA
Image size is 26.75x27.25 in. Signed lower right with pencil and numbered lower left. Edition number 42/250.
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1980s Op Art

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Screen

Midnight Suite (Purple with Silver), OP Art Etching by Anuszkiewicz
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Richard Anuszkiewicz Title: Midnight Suite (Purple with Silver) Year: 1979 Medium: Intaglio Etching with Aquatint on Somerset, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 95, AP 1...
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1970s Op Art

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Screen

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