In Conversation about ‘Op Art in Focus’ – Darren Pih, TATE Exhibition Curator

7th Nov 2018, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Creative Edge

Untitled [Fragment 3/11] 1965 © Bridget Riley

Op art – short for optical art – emerged in the 1960s. Its leading figures included Bridget Riley, Jesus Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely. They combined lines, geometric shapes and eye-popping colour to create artworks that fool the eye. Images could be subtle or disorientating, giving the illusion of movement. Tate Liverpool’s latest exhibition Op Art in Focus, moves beyond the typical period of op art and includes works by more contemporary artists such as Angela Bulloch. The exhibition includes a rare installation of Jim Lambie’s Zobop which floods the entire gallery floor with psychedelic patterning.

Join curator of Op Art in Focus Darren Pih (Tate Liverpool), for a discussion about the dazzling displays on show from pioneering artists of the 1960’s to the present day. Darren will be in conversation with ICE Associate Director, Professor Roger Shannon.

The exhibition will run until 2nd June 2019, sponsored by Edge Hill University

Darren Pih, Curator, TATE Liverpool.  Darren has been part of the exhibitions team at Tate Liverpool since 2006. His curated exhibitions include ‘Transmitting Andy Warhol’ and ‘Gretchen Bender’ (2014-5), which ran concurrently and traced how artists from different generations have responded to the possibilities of mass media; commissions including ‘Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist’ (2014) with new works providing ‘twisted’ interpretations of mid-century Western figurative painting through the optic of Japanese Butoh; and ‘Moyra Davey: Hangmen of England’ (2013); ‘Glam! The Performance of Style’ (2013-4, touring to Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz) which traced the migration of performance and fine art ideas to the front face of popular culture and style in the 1970s; René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle’ (2011-2, touring to the Albertina, Vienna), a major exhibition emphasising Magritte’s influence on pop, neo-dada and conceptual ar  t. Other exhibitions include ‘Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life, Vienna 1900’ (2008); and ‘Turner Prize ‘07’; and ‘Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-Garde’ (2007). Darren has published numerous essays for exhibition catalogues and online, and is part of a small team curating the rolling programme of Tate collection displays. He previously worked at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and at Camden Arts Centre, London.


  • 6.00pm – Registration and Refreshments
  • 6.30pm – In Conversation
  • 7.30pm – Networking and Refreshments

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