The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 21, 2018

Blue Bloc, 1967

acrylic on canvas mounted to board, Framed: 127 x 127 cm (50 x 50 in.); Unframed: 121.9 x 121.9 cm (47 15/16 x 47 15/16 in.). Anonymous Gift, by Exchange 2010.261

Op Art practitioner Mieczkowski created this painting in order to explore some of the perceptual effects of overlapping forms and colors. Featuring 1,316 three-quarter circular shapes in blues, greens, and yellows arrayed against a checkerboard background with gradations of gray, black, and white, Blue Bloc seems to morph in and out of focus across its surface while simultaneously pulsating from within.

on verso: E. Mieczkowski/ "Blue Bloc"/ Spring 1967

"Perceptual Inquiry I: Overlap," Anonima Gallery, New York, April 3-29, 1967

"Ed Mieczkowski: Visual Paradox: Transforming Perception, Forty Years of Op Art and Geometric Abstraction," LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, April 14-May 26, 2006

"Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s," Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, February 16-June 17, 2007

"Op Out of Ohio," D. Wigmore Fine Art, New York, April 15-July 9, 2010

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