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op art Syllabification: op art
Pronunciation: /ˈäp ˌärt/

Definition of op art in English:


A form of abstract art that gives the illusion of movement by the precise use of pattern and color, or in which conflicting patterns emerge and overlap. Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely are its most famous exponents.
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  • We entered a smaller room than most, featuring modernist paintings and sculptures from the surrealist to the abstract expressionist, from op art to found art, from the photographic to the neoraphaelite.
  • After World War II, Scandinavian design, abstract expressionism, op art and the postmodern Memphis style were also felt.
  • Nice trippy visuals in the background: negative horses, Russian dancers, a pit-head, Bridget Riley op art, an eyeball, windfarms, a bolt of lightning.


1960s: shortened from optical art on the pattern of pop art.

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