Preview: ‘Light Show’ at the Hayward Gallery

Published 30 January 2013

Look forward to an illuminating experience at the UK’s first survey show of light art.

  • From the Winter 2012 issue of RA Magazine, issued quarterly to Friends of the RA.

    In 1961 Dan Flavin, at the start of his career, began work on his Icons series. Using both fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs, he initiated what has become an entire genre in contemporary art; art made of light.

  • David Batchelor, Magic Hour

    David Batchelor, Magic Hour, 2004-2007.

    © Bruno Serralongue - Air de Paris.

  • Light Show at the Hayward Gallery is the first survey of light art in the UK. It shows works ranging from Flavin to contemporary artists such as David Batchelor, whose Magic Hour uses light boxes to create a luminous array of colour.

    The exhibition includes large-scale installations and immersive environments by around 20 international artists, such as Olafur Eliasson Hon RA, Jenny Holzer Hon RA, Anthony McCall and François Morellet. Curator Cliff Lauson says the show explores how artists have employed the qualities of light to influence the perceptions and even the states of mind of their audience. A highlight will be the recreation of American artist Nancy Holt’s Holes of Light, an installation not seen since 1973, where lights are shone through a central wall perforated with holes, creating patterns of light and dark.

  • Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London, 020 7960 4200, 30 January – 28 April, 2013.

    Emma Crichton-Miller is an arts journalist, writing for ‘Crafts’ magazine and the ‘Financial Times’.

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