deFINE ART 2017

An annual program of lectures, exhibitions and public events

SCAD presents the eighth edition of deFINE ART, held Feb. 21–24, 2017, at SCAD locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, and Hong Kong. DeFINE ART is an annual program of exhibitions, lectures, performances and public events that highlights emerging and established artists and visionaries.

deFINE ART honoree
The 2017 deFINE ART honoree is Carlos Cruz-Diez, the French-Venezuelan artist known for his groundbreaking color theory and philosophies developed and refined during a stellar career spanning over seven decades. Cruz-Diez joins a list of leading international artists and visionaries who have also been deFINE ART honorees, including Carrie Mae Weems, Xu Bing, Alfredo Jaar, Shirin Neshat, Marina Abramović and Fred Wilson.

The university will showcase Cruz-Diez’s artwork in an exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art Tuesday, Feb. 21, through Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Consisting of site-specific installations and new work, the exhibition will bring attention to the experimental and multidisciplinary nature of Cruz-Diez’s practice.

About the artist
French-Venezuelan artist Cruz-Diez was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1923, and has lived and worked in Paris since 1960. He is a major protagonist in the field of Kinetic and Op art, a movement that encourages "an awareness of the instability of reality." His body of work has established him as one of the key 20th-century thinkers in the realm of color. Cruz-Diez’s research, based on three color conditions (subtractive, additive and reflective), has contributed to a new way of understanding color phenomena in art, greatly expanding its perceptual universe. In his works, Cruz-Diez shows that color, through interaction with the viewer, becomes an autonomous, evolving reality, devoid of anecdotes, which evolves in real time and space. His work includes research he has called "Couleur Additive," "Physichromie," "Induction Chromatique," "Chromointerférence," "Transchromie," "Chromosaturation" and "Couleur à l’espace."

For more information about the artist, visit cruz-diez.com.

Check back here for more details about SCAD deFINE ART as events and exhibitions are added.