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Photos: Op art, pop art pop up in Tehran

Source: Tehran Times; photos by Abdolvahed Mirzazadeh, ISNA

An exhibition displaying works of a number of world-renowned artists in op art and pop art opened during a ceremony at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) on Tuesday.

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The works have been selected from the collections kept at the storehouse of the museum, the TMCA announced before.

Emerging in the United States in the mid-1960s, op art is a style of abstract painting that made use of optical illusions and other striking visual effects.

A chief inspiration for op art was German-American artist Josef Albers. Hungarian-born artist Victor Vasarely is considered one of the founders of op art.

One of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century, pop art principally emerged in the United States and Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.

Some artists duplicated soup cans, comic strips, road signs, and similar objects in paintings, collages, and sculptures based the movement.

Others incorporated the objects themselves into their paintings or sculptures, sometimes in startlingly modified form.

American artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Jim Dine and the British artist Richard Hamilton are the main founders of the movement.

The exhibit runs until June 15.

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