Len Lye was born Leonard Chalres Huia Lye in New Zealand in 1901. He was known primarly for his experimental films and kinetic sculptures. His films are held in archives such as the New Zealand Film Archive, British Film Institute, Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Pacific Film Archive at University of California, Berkeley. Lye's sculptures are found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Berkeley Art Museum. Associated with many visionary art groups, beginning with London’s modernist Seven and Five Society in the 1920s, the International Surrealist Movement in the 1930s, and the Kinetic Art Movement in the 1960s, Lye is renowned for his influence in hand-crafted abstract cinema. He died in 1980 in Warwick, New York.
Len Lye is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Bryan Leitgeb