ICE Public Event: 7th November 2018


‘Op Art in Focus’

Darren Pih, TATE Exhibition Curator

Untitled [Fragment 3/11]

Untitled [Fragment 3/11] 1965 © Bridget Riley

Darren & Alex’s conversation was recorded and can be viewed here: YouTube

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 Edge Hill University Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Dr Alex Jukes.

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

This In Conversation event takes place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Date: Wednesday 7th November 2018

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

Venue: The Creative Edge (building 25 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration is closed.

DarrenDarren 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 art. 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.


21 JULY 2018 – 2 JUNE 2019
A dazzling display from pioneering artists of the 1960s to today. Op art in Focus is a part of Tate Liverpool’s in Focus series – displays of the Tate collection dedicated to significant modern and contemporary artists or movements.  Read more about Op art in Focus…

FREE ENTRY Tickets for Edge Hill Students and Staff:  
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