Blackpool’s art gallery, the Grundy, is organizing a unique exhibition for the fall based on neon as an artistic medium. This will be the largest gathering of art made from the medium ever shown in the UK and will include pieces by world-renowned artists such as Joseph Kosuth, Tracey Emin, and Gavin Turk.
“NEON: The Charged Line” will be a major new survey exhibition exploring how artists have worked with neon, from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition will encompass a wide range of ways in which artists have experimented with light designed to be seen rather than illuminate; whether through text and language, the drawn line or an investigation into its physical and sculptural qualities.
Coinciding with the famous ‘Illuminations’, we will also be displaying rarely seen 1930s designs highlighting Blackpool’s pioneering role in the history of neon in the UK.
Fiona Banner, David Batchelor, Noel Clueit, Martin Creed, Shezad Dawood, Tracey Emin, Tim Etchells, Cerith Wyn Evans, Graham Fagen, Ron Haselden, Robert Irwin, Joseph Kosuth, Bertrand Lavier, François Morellet, Paulina Olowska, Joe Fletcher Orr, Eddie Peake, Mai-Thu Perret, Prem Sahib, Keith Sonnier, Evren Tekinoktay, Gavin Turk.
“NEON: The Charged Line” will be on view at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK from September 1, 2016- January 7, 2017.
- Joseph Kosuth ‘Neon’ (1965), courtesy of the Artist, La Maison Rouge, Paris and Sprüth Magers Gallery London / Photograph by Marc Domage
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