Carlos Cruz-Diez: The Movie
Free Color, a documentary about Carlos Cruz-Diez, just has previewed at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Cruz-Diez died in July, 2019, at age 95, shortly before the film was completed. Cruz-Diez devoted his life to exploring the physical properties of color. “I’m not a poet, nor a writer, nor a historian nor a philosopher.” he said. “I am only a painter. I believe that through pictorial research and the perception of the universe of color I can find a way to reflect about the world I live in in a way that has not yet been researched by other artists.”
Before he died, Cruz-Diez wanted to create an experience of color with no physical supporting structure or visible source of light. The film shows him in his Paris studio, communicating through Skype with a group of mathematicians and scientists at a CalTech think tank, who were trying to help him with the project. Sadly, the project was never realized, but Cruz-Diez’s enthusiasm and legacy are captured in Free Color.
Carlos Cruz-Diez: The Watch
Swiss luxury watchmaker, Hubolt, has just unveiled a watch that pays tribute to the life and work of Carlos Cruz-Diez, who collaborated with the company in 1915. The Classic Fusion Cruz-Diez watch has a dial that changes colors as hours, minutes and seconds pass. A set of parallel discs are saturated in colors that are linked to the movement of the hour and minute hands. The discs rotate in sequence to create a constantly changing array of color across the grid of black lines on the face.
Cruz-Diez was a master at producing works that change color to form a single color, or go from black to white, according to the angle at which the work is viewed. His works are in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as well as other fine museums and galleries.
In 2017, at age 54, New York based, Swiss born artist, Ugo Rondinone was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer. He took a year off and began a progressive form of immunotherapy treatment that worked well. His cancer is in remission, although he must remain on medication for 10 years—the period of time in which the disease is most likely to return.
Last September Rondinone sponsored an auction at Sotheby’s New York to benefit bladder cancer treatment research at Weill Medical College at Cornell. The auction included work by Rondinone and fourteen other contemporary artists who donated their work.
The Works of Carlos Cruz-Diez and Ugo Rondinone at VFA
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Taylor Dafoe. ‘I Want to Create Awareness’: After a Terrifying Diagnosis, Artist Ugo Rondinone Is Organizing a High-Profile Auction to Benefit Cancer Research. artnetnews. September 9, 2019.
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