The Broad Commissions Outdoor Installation On Grand Ave by Venezuelan Artist Carlos Cruz-Diez

Image Credit: Rendering of Carlos Cruz-Diez’s, Couleur Additive, 2017 for The Broad in association with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Courtesy of the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation and the artist.

LOS ANGELES—The Broad announced today that it will present a new work from Venezuelan-born artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (b. 1923), in collaboration with the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation. Couleur Additive has been commissioned by The Broad as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

Installation of the public artwork will take place on four crosswalks at the intersection of West Second Street and Grand Avenue from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3. The work can be experienced by the public beginning Sept. 5, 2017 and will be on view into 2018.
Cruz-Diez is one of the great figures of Kinetic-Optical art, which first emerged in the 1950s. Known for his groundbreaking insights into color theory and its practical application, his experimental and multi-disciplinary practice explores and investigates the visual and perceptual experiences of color. His works study the perception of color as an autonomous reality, evolving in space and time through the observer’s participation and movement.
Since 1975, Cruz-Diez has applied his research on color by producing large-scale ephemeral interventions on crosswalks and walkways around the world, bringing art from inside a museum’s traditional walls out into the community. Through his use of crosswalks and walkways, the public becomes participants in and co-authors of the artworks as they interact with and move through them at various times of day. “A work of art in the public space is magical in that people take possession of and become fond of it,” said the artist.
“Carlos Cruz-Diez’s practice challenges the traditional relationship between art and the viewer, and between the viewer and the urban environment,” said Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad. “His new work Couleur Additive activates the public space around The Broad, embracing Grand Avenue and bringing the museum out into the daily life of pedestrians and our visitors, highlighting the ideas of an important Latin American artist whose career has spanned seven decades.”
As part of the installation, and in order to further deepen the project’s ties to the Grand Avenue arts community, high school students from the nearby Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts have been asked to participate in painting the work onto the crosswalks throughout the Labor Day weekend. Following the opening of Couleur Additive on Sept. 5, The Broad will host select programming throughout the duration of the installation that will highlight the concepts explored by this work, including educational workshops in collaboration with the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation’s Learning Lab. In addition, a series of didactic materials inside the museum will enrich the experience of the crosswalk intervention, presenting more about the artist and his work.
The project is curated by Ed Schad, associate curator and publications manager at The Broad. Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Couleur Additive is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
In addition to The Broad’s presentation of this Cruz-Diez work on Grand Avenue, The Broad Art Foundation is supporting Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA as a lead sponsor.
About the Artist 
Born in Caracas in 1923, Carlos Cruz-Diez is a major protagonist in the field of Kinetic and Optical art. His body of work has established him as one of the key 20th century thinkers in the realm of color. His works present color as an autonomous reality that evolves in space and time, unaided by form or support, in a perpetual present.
His work is included in permanent collections at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; the Tate Modern, London; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne.
The artist has lived and worked in Paris, France since 1960.

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