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"Len Lye: Experimental Filmmaker, Sculptor, Photographer and Writer"
2001-12-01 until 0000-00-00
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, , AU Australia

As an experimental filmmaker, sculptor, photographer and writer, Len Lye was a diverse original, eccentric and celebrated artist. Commemorating the centennial year of his birth, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has organised an exhibition which showcases the many and varied talents of his distinguished artistic career.

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As an experimental filmmaker, sculptor, photographer and writer, Len Lye was a diverse original, eccentric and celebrated artist. Commemorating the centennial year of his birth, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has organised an exhibition which showcases the many and varied talents of his distinguished artistic career.

In 1992 Len Lye was honored for his originality as one of the hundred great innovators of 20th century art alongside Picasso, Duchamp and Brancusi in a major exhibition in Bonn, Germany.

Inventing ways to make films without a camera, Len Lye became one of the pioneers of the genre later known as the 'music video'. A large body of Lye's experimental filmmaking will screen continuously as part of the exhibition.

As a sculptor Lye programmed strips of stainless steel to vibrate and spin at selected speeds, creating figures of motion and flashes of light similar to those found in his later films. His sculptures produced metallic sounds so that each piece seemed to be dancing to its own soundtrack. Lye's kinetic sculptures are intriguing and quite beautiful and three of his works are included.

Another aspect of his diverse creativity is his exceptional photograms. Twenty-one photograms of colleagues and friends including Le Corbusier and Georgia O'Keeffe have been selected for the exhibition.

Len Lye's range of talents and inventiveness, combined with a lively personality and a remarkable life story, make him a compelling subject. The exhibition has been curated by Judy Annear, Senior Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is presented in associated with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, supported by the Len Foundation.


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