Light is omnipresent and essential, affecting virtually every human experience. As such, it has been used to tell stories, convey experiences, and evoke sensations since prehistoric times. With the development of artificial electric incandescent light sources, the experimentations with light have become more prevalent. At the core of this book is the study of light as an artistic medium and its evolution. History of Light in Art will be a resource of iconic and groundbreaking artworks that have expanded the artistic apparatus through innovative use light. The book will help readers develop their understanding of light as a medium in art. Taking the reader on a narrative journey through the history of light art, the book will provide an overview of fundamental developments and advances, as well as a critical review of the vocabulary of light in art. The key artists and most important artworks of the domain are discussed from the prism of their role in evolving the artistic medium of light.
The book features artworks that demonstrate meaningful use and evolution of light in art. Some of the artists exemplified for expanding the traditional limitations of artistic media through innovative use of light will include Nam June Paik, Dan Flavin, Anthony McCall, Yayoi Kusama, Pipilotti Rist, James Turrell, Jenny Hozier, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker, Mona Hatoum, Cai Guo-Qiang, Olafur Eliasson, Kara Walker, Daniel Canogar, Leo Villareal, etc. These artists have been selected based on their demonstrated ability to create profoundly impactful artworks and innovation in the methodology used to articulate their vision. All of the selected artworks are defying genre, take risks and create a new toolset related to light as a medium.