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Art that moves: the work of Len Lye

Art that moves: the work of Len Lye

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One of the most original artists to have emerged from New Zealand, Len Lye (1901–1980) had a passion for movement from an early age. This fascination shaped his urgent and pioneering films and kinetic sculptures and contributed to his remarkable work in painting, photography and writing.

Lye had a big idea – that movement could be the basis for a completely new kind of art – and he devoted much of his life to it. 'Kinetic art is the first new category of art since pre-history,' he boldly claimed in 1964. What did he mean by this? And how does his work in film and sculpture bear it out?

Appropriately for a book about movement, Art that Moves includes a DVD with four of Lye's best films and some vivid footage (directed by Shirley Horrocks) of his sculpture in action. It also contains a new eighteen-minute film directed by Roger Horrocks, a dramatic portrait of Lye in his early years.

ISBN 978-1-86940-422-2
257 Pages
19.5 x 23.9 x 2.2 cm
Includes DVD

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