25 15/16 in. x 19 7/16 in. (65.88 cm x 49.37 cm)
Medium and Support:
Color lithograph on paper
Gift of Mr. A. C. van Ekris
© Richard Anuszkiewicz / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
In the 1960s a group of abstract artists led by Richard Anuszkiewicz and Victor Vasarely (Hungarian, 1906–1997) began controlling the relationships between colors and shapes in their works to produce particular optical effects. A visual feast, their works engage both the eye and the mind with the illusion of movement. Known as Op Art, Optical Art, or Perceptual Abstraction, these works play with our senses: our mind recognizes that they are flat and two-dimensional, but the artistic distortions cause us to "see" vibrating form and color in three dimensions.
Imbued with abstract visual cues, "New Glory" utilizes simple bands of repetitive colors in multiple-sized rectangles to play with our perceptions in a work of art that pulses and shifts with movement.