MoMA 1965: The Responsive Eye


The Responsive Eye catalog commemorates the show of the same name at the MoMA in 1965. A show several years in the making, it was the first to introduce the public to Optical (or "Op") art.

Artists featured in the show and catalog include the well-known Victor Vasarely and Josef Albers as well as the sensational and underappreciated Paul Feeley and collective work by Equipo 57, a group of Spanish artists, among others.

The 54 page catalog is full of inspiring and dizzying images in color and black and white, and highlights the work of these early Op artists and the methods and politics of the movement.

We scored a few of these catalogs and have some available for purchase. They are all used, in good to very good condition, and first (1965) or third (1967) editions. Prices range from $40 to $50 depending on edition and condition. If you're interested drop us a note here, and be sure to mention TRE.

Some highlights from the book after the jump.

The cover of the catalog:


A page from the catalog


Piero Dorazio Construction Eurasia, 1964, oil on canvas, 68 x 96.5":


Equipo 57 (Juan Cuenca, Angel Duart, José Duarte, Agustin Ibarrola, Juan Serrano), PA-18, 1959, oil on canvas, 57.5 x 44.875"


Francisco Sobrino, Unstable Transformation: Juxtaposition, Superposition D, 1962, plexiglass, 32 x 16 x 16." This also was the source of much discussion on Tropolism as a potential source of inspiration for Sir Norman Foster's new Hearst hq in Manhattan.