Len Lye
1901 – 1980

New Zealand multidisciplinary artist Len Lye combined the twin influences of the photogram and abstract painting with an ebullient sense of rhythm and “bodily empathy” to radically reshape the cinematic medium. Lye worked as a painter, printmaker, kinetic artist, and filmmaker. Working-class and self-educated in the libraries of his native New Zealand, Lye’s imagery is a synthesis of his dual interests in the indigenous cultures of the South Pacific and the modernism of European high art. Inspired by the poetry …

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