London - Exhibition

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Tate Modern

02 May 201814 Oct 2018

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art is the first big-scale exhibition to explore the intertwined history of photography and abstraction, featuring over 350 works by more than 100 artists. The show juxtaposes significant pictures with iconic paintings and sculptures, from the early photographic experiments of the 1910s on.

The works displayed include, for example, Alvin Langdon Coburn’s pioneering ‘vortographs’ from 1917, cubist works by George Braque and photographs by Pierre Dubreuil, expressionist paintings by Jackson Pollock, human body abstractions associated with surrealism like André Kertesz’s Distorsions and Imogen Cunningham’s Triangles along with a major painting by Joan Miró and pictures byLászló Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray and more. Finally, the itinerary displays new works by contemporary artists such as Antony Cairns, Maya Rochat and Daisuke Yokota, exploring photography and abstraction today.


  • Antony Cairns, Antony Cairns, "LDN5_051", 2017, Courtesy of the artist © Antony Cairns


Contacts & Details

mon, tue, wed, thu, sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; fri, sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Free, except for special exhibitions


5000 m2

T: +44 20 7887 8888 M: W: Tate Modern
Bankside London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom