Space Frame C

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Artist: Edna Andrade, American, 1917-2008
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Object detail

Oil on canvas
50 x 50in (127 x 127cm)
Credit line
Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters through the Childe Hassam fund
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"Nature generates her rich variety of forms. She teaches me geometry and I borrow shapes and colors, symmetries, rhythms, and ratios from her."
—Edna Andrade

Edna Andrade’s hypnotic painting Space Frame C is a dizzying yet ordered arrangement of interlocking geometric forms, executed in a simple color palette. Andrade, an early leader of the Op Art movement of the 1960s, used patterns and color to create optical illusions and challenge perception. Op Art used dynamic compositions that gave the impression of movement through bright, vibrating patterns or varied, warping forms.
New Accessions USA; 1970; cat. 17
Edna Andrade; Debra Bricker Balken; 2015; no. 17
Signature & date
Monogram (EA), l.l
EDNA ANDRADE on top center tacking edge
UP/OIL PAINTING" top center tacking edge
"Varnished, Feb. 1967 - Rembrandt Picture Varnish" left tacking edge
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