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Carlos Cruz-Diez featured in Abstract Art Beyond the Frame at MOLAA

Curated by Patrick Frank, "Abstract Art Beyond the Frame" presents a selection of works that defy the confines of the frame. Indeed, the works featured in this exhibition have been carefully selected because of their tri-dimensionality or because, like Cruz-Diez’s works, they interact with the viewer’s movement or variations of light and thus exist beyond the frame.

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Cromointerferencia Serie Uno A, 2006 MOLAA Permanent Collection, Gift of The Albertella Family Trust © Carlos Cruz-Diez, Bridgeman Images 2022. Photo Courtesy of MOLAA

In Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Chromointerférences, the Chromatic Event Modules that constitute the work are superimposed on the plane and by doing so, a new color emerges and changes as the viewer moves. Wavelike movements going against the flow of the actual movement of the modules reveal colors that are not on the plane and operate a transition from a two-dimensional state to one of apparent volume.

Physichromies, on the other hand, are structures that reveal different behaviors and conditions of color. They change according to the movement and intensity of the ambient light and the movement of the viewer, projecting color into space and, thus, creating an evolutionary environment. The name Physichromies is a neologism that combines Phycis, which is Latin for nature, and color, which is also a Latin word with the same meaning in Spanish. The Physichromies, therefore, explore the physical dimension of color.

Surpassing the confines of the frame, unleashing creativity and perception, "Abstract Art Beyond the Frame" focuses on geometric abstraction and presents works by Carmelo Arden Quin, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Alejandro Otero, Jesús Rafael Soto, and many other pieces from the MOLAA Collection and from the Duker Collection, Pasadena, California.


"Abstract Art Beyond the Frame" Exhibition


On view from May 1, 2022


Museum of Latin American Art MOLAA

628 Alamitos Avenue,

Long Beach, CA 90802

United States


For more information on the show, visit the MOLAA’s website


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