Light is the Medium

Sculpting and shaping with light. Hayward Gallery is showing ”Light Show”, an exhibition exploring the phenomenal and experiential aspects of light from 1960s to the present.

Throughout history, artists have been fascinated by light and its nature, behaviour and peculiarities. But it is only in the last hundred years that actual light has become a medium for art. In the first half of the twentieth century, with the development of technology and increasing questioning of traditional art forms, artists began to experiment with the visual and sensory effects of artificial light. Often taking their cue from the theatre, these pioneering works included dynamic light displays which directly involved the viewer.

Artists include:
David Batchelor, Jim Campbell, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Bill Culbert, Olafur Eliasson, Fischli and Weiss, Dan Flavin, Ceal Floyer, Nancy Holt, Jenny Holzer, Ann Veronica Janssens, Brigitte Kowanz, Anthony McCall, François Morellet, Iván Navarro, Philippe Parreno, Katie Paterson, Conrad Shawcross, James Turrell, Leo Villareal, Doug Wheeler and Cerith Wyn Evans.



Light Show by Cliff Lauson
Editor:    Cliff Lauson
Foreword by:    Ralph Rugoff
Essays by:    Cliff Lauson, Anne Wagner, Philip Ball
Publisher:    MIT Press
Publ. year:    2013
Language:    English
Pages:    192
Illustrations:    illustrations
Hayward Gallery, London 2013

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