Light Art from Artificial Light

Light as a Medium in 20th and 21st Century Art

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Light Art from Artificial Light
Light as a Medium in 20th and 21st Century Art

Ed. Peter Weibel, Gregor Jansen, text(s) by Andreas Beitin, Dietmar Elger, Gregor Jansen, Friedrich Kittler, Günter Leising, Vanessa Joan Müller, Frank Popper, Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Sara Selwood, Peter Sloterdijk, Stephan von Wiese, Peter Weibel, Yvonne Ziegler, Daniela Zyman

German, English

2006. 716 pp., 980 ills.


22.00 x 28.30 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-1774-8

More than almost any other medium, electric light has revolutionized and democratized our world. Today we live in cities and gardens of light, and for almost a century, artists have been working with light bulbs, fluorescent and neon light, glowing LEDs, and powerful spotlights. This comprehensive publication offers a broad overview of the development of this genre, from the pioneers of light art in the 1920s and the immersing and interactive environments of ZERO, GRAV, Gruppo T, and Gruppo N, to the early light artists from Europe and North and South America. Outstanding contemporary productions—with their profound illuminated spheres, ironic cross-references, and fascinating plays of filigreed light—complete this glowing spectrum of explorations of artificial light.

You can download an index of light artists included!

Artists featured (selection):

Vito Acconci, Martin Boyce, Björn Dahlem, Olafur Eliasson, Tracey Emin, Dan Flavin, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Zaha Hadid, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Brigitte Kowanz, Julio Le Parc, Benita Liebel, Mario Merz, László Moholy-Nagy, Bruce Nauman, Jorge Pardo, Tobias Rehberger, Anselm Reyle, Jason Rhoades, Nicolas Schöffler, Keith Sonnier, Yves Tinguely, James Turrell, Cerith Wyn Evans, Chen Zhen

Exhibition schedule: ZKM, Museum für Neue Kunst Karlsruhe, November 19, 2005–August 6, 2006

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Art Dictionary

Light Art

Light Art, which began in the 1960s, is mainly concerned with exploring artificial light; it is a relatively young, but increasingly independent genre of art.

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