optical art


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Graphic statements integral to optical art form the heart of the latest chapter of De Beers’ Alchemist of Light high-jewelry collection, presented in a suite at the Hôtel de Crillon. Laurie Brookins, Robb Report, 13 July 2022 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, 11 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of optical art was in 1964

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“Optical art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optical%20art. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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