Carlos Cruz-Diez

Color in Space and Time

Edited by Mari Carmen Ramírez and Héctor Olea; With texts by Carlos Cruz-Diez, Mari Carmen Ramírez and Héctor Olea; Contributions by Silvia Ana Ramírez de Cruz

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March 29, 2011
512 pages, 11 3/4 x 10 1/2
450 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300169942
HC - Paper over Board

Distributed for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Out of Print

Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (b. 1923) is one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries. Best known for experimenting with light and movement, and for stimulating the dialogue between the stable and unstable use of color, his pieces engage viewers on a multisensory level. Through the use of unconventional materials, Cruz-Diez strives to create art that is sophisticated in construction and theory while also accessible to viewers. Combining the principles of kinetic art (sculptured works that have an aspect of motion) with color theory, optics, machine engineering, digital printing technologies, and the painter's craft, Cruz-Diez's works defy standard categorization.

This monumental volume traces the full trajectory of the artist's career, from early, rarely published figurative works, to interactive series that continue to this day, to architectural projects in public spaces around the world. The book features an essay, an interview with Cruz-Diez, a selection of his own writings, texts by three early champions of his work, and an illustrated chronology.

Mari Carmen Ramírez is Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Héctor Olea is an independent scholar and curator specializing in Latin American modern and contemporary art.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (02/06/11–07/04/11)  

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (MALBA)


Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru                


Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo, Brazil         

(07/14/12– 09/16/12)

"For libraries or individuals interested in the most complete showing of Cruz-Diez's work, this book is a definite addition.—L. E. Carranza, Choice

Winner of the 2012 Virginia Fields Memorial Book Award, as given by the Association for Latin American Art