This is an exhibition which should have been held in Tate Modern, so well done to Phillips for holding such a major exhibition of the work of the Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez in London. While it is a selling exhibition, it provides an excellent overview of his coloured geometrical work, sometimes 2-dimensional, often 3-dimensional and occasionally even 4-dimensional with movement in his ‘Chromointerference Mecanique’ and the immersive gallery-size video installation ‘Environnement Chromointerferent’.
His work should be better known in London. It has been included in exhibitions at the nearby Maddox Gallery, ‘Signals’ at S2 this year and in ‘Radical Geometry’ at the Royal Academy in 2014, a year in which he was also commissioned to paint the Dazzle Ship in Liverpool in 2014. One exhibition dedicated to his work is long overdue, especially given the interest it achieves in auction houses across the Atlantic.
Mixing colour, line and optics, the exhibition ‘Luminous Reality’ also includes photographs and video of some of his public art installations, along with an interview with the man himself.