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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
Designed by Studio Frith

Published by Hayward Gallery Publishing

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