Horacio Garcia Rossi

Sometimes called García Rossi.

García Rossi focused on the social function of art and on bringing art to the streets.

Argentinean painter Horacio García Rossi, a practitioner of kinetic art, passed away September 5 in Paris, at the age of 83. A co-founder of GRAV (Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel, 1960-1968) alongside Julio Le Parc, François Morellet, Francisco Sobrino, Joël Stein, and Jean-Pierre Yvaral, García Rossi’s developed his work around the concept of “color-light”.

García Rossi was born on July 24, 1929 in Buenos Aires and studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes. He lived in his native city until 1959, when he moved to Paris. His earliest works were clearly dominated by the use of black and white on a two-dimensional plane.

Shortly after his arrival in Paris, he took part in the establishment of GRAV, and as a member of the group he collaborated with younger artists such as Julio Le Parc and Francisco Sobrino, whom he had met while still in Buenos Aires and who had also resettled in Paris in the late 1950s. Besides Le Parc and Sobrino, renowned artists like François Morellet, Vasarely and his son, and Jean-Pierre Yvaral joined the collective.

Like the rest of the group, García Rossi experimented with the true potential of light and motion in art; his ever-shifting personality was on display in a series of light installations titled Boîtes à lumiere instable (Unstable Light Boxes), and he also signaled directly towards his audience with his manually moveable Cylindres en rotation (Rotating Cylinders).

In the 1960s, the members of GRAV participated in important events such as Documenta 3 (1963) and the exhibition Lumiere et Mouvement (Light and Movement), the latter a prominent landmark in the history of kinetic art, organized by the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1967.

After the dissolution of GRAV, García Rossi continued with the analytic experiments of kinetic art....[https://www.artnexus.com/Notice_View.aspx?DocumentID=24775]
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