Joël Stein

  • Joël Stein
    Boîte lumière, 1964/2012
    Bois, métal, néon, miroir et moteur électrique
    65 x 65 x 26 cm

  • Joël Stein
    Boîte lumière, 1964/2012
    Bois, métal, néon, miroir et moteur électrique
    65 x 65 x 26 cm

  • Joël Stein
    Mouvements circulaires, 1965/2000
    Métal, moteurs électriques
    175 x 123 x 6 cm

  • Joël Stein
    Proposition, 1958 – 1974
    Acrylique sur toile
    22 x 33 cm

  • Joël Stein
    GRAV Rouge Sombre et Brun, 1959/1963
    Huile sur toile
    40 x 40 cm

  • Joël Stein
    Progression en bleu, 1958
    Huile sur bois
    32 x 32 cm

  • Joël Stein
    Boulier, 1988
    Bois peint en blanc
    124 x 235 x 11 cm

  • Joël Stein
    Kaléidoscope
    Aluminium
    33 x 25 x 18,5 cm (chaque)

  • Joël Stein
    Trièdres 9 cellules
    Boules plastiques et aluminium
    28 x 34 x 19 cm

Born in 1926 in Saint-Martin-Boulogne, Joël Stein passed away in 2012 in Foucarville, France.

Joël Stein is a major figure in kinetic art and was one of the founding members, in 1960, of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV), with François Morellet, Jean-Pierre Yvaral, Julio Le Parc, Francisco Sobrino and Horacio Garcia-Rossi.

At the heart of the artistic experimentation of the time, he explored visual phenomena involving mathematical algorithms and created labyrinths and manipulable objects, where the spectator participated in the activation of the work. Part of his work on grids and frames is collected in the album Jeu de trames (1962), with a preface by Pierre Schaeffer. Alongside Yvaral, Joël Stein worked with the film maker Henri- Georges Clouzot and designed the special effects for the films L’Enfer (1964, unfinished) and La Prisonnière (1968). These cinematographic collaborations were part of an important group exhibition Devil in the Flesh: When Op Art electrifies the cinema organised by the MAMAC in Nice in 2019.

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