op art

or Op Art


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. ootid,
  2. ooze,
  3. ooze leather,
  4. oozy,
  5. op,
  6. op-,
  7. op-ed,
  8. op-shop,
  9. op.,
  10. op. cit.

Origin of op art

1960–65; op(tical) art

Also called op, optical art.

Related formsop-art, adjectiveop artist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for op art

op art

noun

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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