6 | Let There Be Light!

6 | Let There Be Light!

In today's episode of Disturbing the Piece, I'm taking you on a tour of the history of light used in art from 125 to present day. Light is something we take for granted in our daily lives, but how has it affected art? How have artists used (or not used) it to change the mood or intention of an artwork? The medium has been used in so many different ways - whether it's through architecture, oil painting, or neon. So fasten your seatbelts and keep all hands inside the vehicle because we've got a lot of ground to cover! 

 

Early examples 


Baroque Art

Key ideas = spotlight effect / theatrical / high drama

Links / articles mentioned

Judith Slaying Holofernes - What Were They Thinking!? post


19th Century

Artists documenting their changing world. Romanticism and Impressionism are key art movements. 

Links / articles mentioned

Monet's Rouen Cathedral series - Khan Academy video (also see a video about Renoir's painting in this same segment) 


Modern Art

Abstraction of light

Links / articles mentioned

Laszlo Moholy Nagy's Light Space Modulator - Harvard Art Museum

Light Space Modulator in action! - video of the sculpture 

Naum Gabo's Linear Construction in Space No. 1 - Guggenheim 


Contemporary Art

Light as a new medium

Links / articles mentioned

Everything is Illuminated - Mark Stevens for the New York Magazine (Atsuko Tanaka)

Robert Irwin's Big Visions, Barely Seen - New York Times

James Turrell Skyspace - Rice University 

PROJECTIONS - MASS MoCA

7 | Destination: Art - O'Keeffe Country

7 | Destination: Art - O'Keeffe Country

5 | And the Award Goes to...

5 | And the Award Goes to...