Back to Press Wednesday April 9, 2014

Paddle8 presents Ocular, an auction of works exploring the legacy of Op-Art

Featuring works by Tom Friedman, Victor Vasarely, Tauba Auerbach, Sol LeWitt, Philip Taaffe, and Yayoi Kusama

Paddle8 is pleased to present Ocular, a sale of work exploring the interaction of illusion and picture plane popularized in the Op-Art movement of the 60s and 70s and extending into contemporary works that yield ocular phenomena through color and pattern.

The sale features artists ranging from Op-Art pioneers like Victor Vasarely, Frank Stella, and Julian Stanczak, to contemporary practitioners including Tauba Auerbach, Takashi Murakami, Fred Tomaselli, Yayoi Kusama and Phillip Taaffe, whose works play with the perception of space with the use of repetition, color theory, intricate geometric arrangements, and other graphic and trompe l’oeil effects. Ocular also includes work by notable designers, including Gio Ponti and Pantone, who applied the ideas of Op-Art and illusion to three-dimensional works.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, April 9 and closes Thursday, April 17 at

Highlights of Ocular include:

Yayoi Kusama, Red Pumpkin, 1992. Silkscreen, 28.5 x 23. 8 inches. Estimate: $11,000–$25,000.

Tauba Auerbach, Mesh/Moire II, 2012. Color soft ground etching, 40-1/4 x 30 inches. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000.

Philip Taaffe, Liquica, 2007. Mixed media on paper, 28-1/4 x 19-3/4 inches. Estimate: $35,000–$45,000.

Victor Vasarely, Zebra Couple, 1987. Silkscreen, 20 x 16 inches. Estimate: $1,000–$1,200.

Sol LeWitt, Alternate Parallel, 1972. Ink on paper, 14 x 14 inches. Estimate: $35,000–$45,000.

Hugh Scott-Douglas, Untitled, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.

Dustin Yellin, 6:49 PM, 2014. Acrylic paint on wood, DIMENSIONS. Estimate: $4,000–$5,000.

Julian Stanczak, Lost Spirit, 1967. Acrylic on canvas, 46-3/4 x 52-3/4 inches. Estimate: $35,000–$45,000.

Bid or preview the auction at

About Paddle8

Paddle8 is an online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the Internet. Paddle8 presents two types of auctions: curated auctions of art and collectibles under $100,000, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. To date, Paddle8 has collaborated with over 200 non- profit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions online, dramatically expanding the audience of supporters and fundraising results for each non-profit partner. The company was founded in 2011 by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur. Paddle8 is funded by VC firm Founder Collective (past investments include Uber, Vimeo, Buzzfeed), the investment group Mousse Partners (past investments include Paperless Post, Warby Parker, Bonobos), artist Damien Hirst, art dealer Jay Jopling; Alexander von Furstenberg, and Matthew Mellon.

For more information, please contact Sarah Goulet,

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