Hello Spy Vibers! I hope everyone is well and staying safe. The Spy Vibe book has been progressing along nicely. I've been devoting this week to a few films that drew heavily on the international Fine Art scene. It's been super fun to research some of the major exhibitions that were happening in New York, London, and Paris in the early 1960s, and to see how new visual ideas then made their way into cinema. I even made new discoveries concerning some on-screen art that I was always curious about. More details to come! In the meantime, I think we could use some Vasarely magic about now. Born on April 9, 1906, this Hungarian-French artist was considered the godfather of Op Art. With works like Chess Board (1935) and Zebra (1937), he began to distill forms into geometric patterns and build the language of Op that would become more prominent in the 1950s and 1960s. Vasarely died in 1996 at the age of ninety. Check out the official website to see images from his long career. You can also learn about him on the Op Art website. The graphics in the image below, with its hypnotic patterns, prominent ring, and sunglasses could be a scene from The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse. Enjoy!
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