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Kinetic art of the 20th century

Gyorgy Kepes (painter), from his introduction to "Structure in Art and Science", Studio Vista, 1965, in the "Vision and Value" series:

"The most powerful imaginative vision is structure-oriented. As old connections crumble away, inevitably our creative efforts seek out new ordering principles to replace the old..."

"Creative exploration in the arts has yielded significant parallels with scientific investigation. The early twentieth century painters who were still hoping and trying to embrace the complete vista of contemporary conditions looked for structural principles in art. Instead of aiming at an illusionary rendering of what they could see around them, they invented images and patterns."

"The universe we know today stretches endlessly beyond the reach of our unaided senses. The same "thing" has one type of organization on the level at which we examine it with our eyes and another type of organization at the level of nuclear mechanics. In between there are many intermediate levels, each as real as the next. The key modern concept of structure encompasses arrangements on all these levels and many, many more."

The world as a set of structural systems does not divide into the two territories of scientific knowledge and artistic vision. Rather, both our scientific understanding andour artistic grasp of the physical world exist within a common structure of motivation, communication, and knowledge. Every step toward the mutual enrichment of art and science brings us closer to full realization of our own potentials."