- Robert Breer Detroit, Michigan, USA, 1926 - Tucson, Arizona, USA, 2011
- Series:Form Phases
- Edition/serial number:Unlimited
- Media description:16 mm film, also transferred to video (Digital Betacam and DVD)
- Duration:4 min. 55 sec.
- Category: Cinema
- Entry date:2009
- Register number:AD05258
Here, Breer applied, in a particularly sophisticated way, the principle by which a static screen is animated by the appearance of a moving shape which then changes as another shape appears, and then disappears, leaving the screen blank, to return once more to its static state.
Although his beginnings were in Paris, where he was in contact with the avant-gardes, particularly the Concrete Art movement and the artists Jean Tinguely and Victor Vasarely, his contributions were crucial to the development of avant-garde cinema in the United States. This illustrates how Kinetic Art constitutes one of the bases of the renewal of art following the war, whether as a foundation for abstract and expanded cinema that evolved from the 1960s, or as a renewed alliance between art and the mass media.
Cristina Cámara Bello
Art Now 74 : a celebration of the American arts : John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, May 30 throuth June 16, 1974Washington : Artrend Foundation , 1974
Stockholm : Moderna Museet Stockholm , 1961
Mendelson, LoisAnn Arbor (Michigan) : UMI Research Press , cop. 1981
New York : Whitney Museum of American Art , 1985