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op art

or Op Art

noun
1.
a style of abstract art in which lines, forms, and space are organized in such a way as to provide optical illusions of an ambiguous nature, as alternately advancing and receding squares on a flat surface.
Also called op, optical art.
Origin of op art
1960-1965
1960-65; op(tical) art
Related forms
op-art, adjective
op artist, noun
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  • More often that not, Davis seems to get dismissed as a provider of intriguing visual fun, pretty much in the mode of op art.

  • But the best examples of op art in the New Museum show called “Ghosts in the Machine” are genuinely disorienting.

British Dictionary definitions for op art

op art

/ɒp/
noun
1.
a style of abstract art chiefly concerned with the exploitation of optical effects such as the illusion of movement
Word Origin
C20: op, short for optical
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