or Op Art
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.
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Origin of op art
1960–65; op(tical) art
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a style of abstract art chiefly concerned with the exploitation of optical effects such as the illusion of movement
Word Origin for op art
C20: op, short for optical
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