The Shadow of Color
Otto Freundlich, Len Lye, Lygia Clark,
and Blinky Palermo

December 22, 2016-April 22, 2017

Location: Palevsky Design Pavilion, Ayala Zacks Abramov Pavilion for Israel Art

Works by four pioneering artists who, though active in different places and periods, developed similar visual languages, are brought together for the first time to shed new light on 20th-century abstract art. Otto Freundlich – theoretician, political activist, painter, and sculptor – belonged to the first generation of abstract artists, working alongside Braque and Picasso; Len Lye, a multi-disciplinary artist from New Zealand, was a pioneer of animated film-making; Brazilian painter and installation artist Lygia Clark created innovative interactive works; and Blinky Palermo was known for his “fabric paintings.” For all four, form, color, and shadow lay at the heart of their work, blurring the boundary between two-dimensional and three-dimensional art.

Blinky Palermo
Coney Island II, 1975
Ströher Collection, Darmstadt, Germany
Photo © Ströher Collection, Darmstadt
Photo: Norbert Faehling, Düsseldorf
Artists rights: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Lygia Clark
Superficie Modulada (Modulated Surface), 1958/84
Industrial paint on wood panel, 42 x 63 cm
Courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery LTD, UK
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark – Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro.

Otto Freundlich
Composition, 1935
Gouache on paper on wood panel, 108 x 99 cm
Musée de Pontoise, France, Donation Freundlich
Inv. DOF.1968.1.18 – Wvz. 179
© Musée de Pontoise

Len Lye
A Colour Box, 1935
35mm, Dufaycolor, sound, transferred to digital video; soundtrack: “La Belle Créole” played by Don Barreto and his Orchestra, 4 min
Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and the British Postal Museum and Archive. From material preserved by the BFI National Archive and made available by Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision