optical art

noun

Definition of optical art

: nonobjective art characterized by the use of straight or curved lines or geometric patterns often for an illusory effect (as of motion)

Examples of optical art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Buffalo Bayou Partnership has commissioned legendary Carlos Cruz-Diez, known as a pioneer of kinetic and optical art, to create a unique site-specific environment that debuts May 12 and will be on view through Jan. 19, 2019. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Carlos Cruz-Diez lights up the Cistern with immersive exhibit," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of optical art

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Optical art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optical%20art. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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