Light Show

Light Show


Light Show is the large-format, fully-illustrated hardcover catalogue published on the occasion of a major exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London. Exploring light as an artistic ‘medium’, the publication features some of the most visually stimulating and compelling artworks created since the 1960s, as well as new artworks by contemporary artists commissioned specially for the show.

Featuring over 20 artists, Light Show takes as its starting point the sculptural use of light as a way of altering our perception of space in contemporary art. Individual artworks explore aesthetic qualities such as colour, duration, black light, shadows, natural and artificial light, and projection, most in immersive, experiential environments. The use of light as a means of expressing more socially or politically-driven concerns is also addressed, as are the inroads made by cutting-edge technology in contemporary light installation; LEDs, bespoke bulbs and computer-controlled lighting all make an appearance in this publication. 

Featuring essays by art historian Anne Wagner, science writer Philip Ball, and curator Cliff Lauson, this rigorous, authoritative guide to light as art is an essential addition to the literature of sculpture and installation. 

Artists included are 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.

Foreword by Ralph Rugoff
Essays by Philip Ball, Cliff Lauson and Anne Wagner

208 pages
31.8 x 25.2 x 2.6 cm
ISBN 978-1853323041
RRP £27.99

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Dr Cliff Lauson is Curator at the Hayward Gallery where since 2009 he has curated major exhibitions of artwork by Ernesto Neto, Tracey Emin, and David Shrigley. 

Philip Ball is a freelance science writer and author of several books on science, including works on the nature of water and pattern formation in the natural world. He has contributed to publications ranging from New Scientist to the New York Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times and New Statesman.

Anne M. Wagner is Class of 1936 Chair Emerita in the Department of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, and Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of York. She is an art historian, critic, and teacher who writes on a range of topics in 19th, 20th, and 21st century art, particularly sculpture. Her writing has appeared in such journals as Artforum, Representations, October, and The Threepenny Review.

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