Light: Works from Tate’s Collection

Curated by the Tate and drawing from its prolific collection, Light: Works from Tate’s Collection features more than seventy works that span 200 years of art history and mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, kinetic art, installation and moving image. Part of the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, the exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) grapples with the great unifying yet mystifying subject of its namesake, light. A force that continues to confound artists and audiences alike, its vast capacity to inspire and awe is here told through the work of those artists across history who have used light in innovative ways. Featured artists include J. M. W. Turner, widely considered the first ‘painter of light’. His renowned 1805 painting The Deluge is shown for the first time in Australia alongside paintings by John Constable, Wassily Kandinsky, Bridget Riley, Josef Albers, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley. The rigorous and at the time ‘radical’ study of light that such painters undertook is brought into conversation with equally groundbreaking contemporary artists’ works by the likes of Olafur Eliasson, Yayoi Kusama, James Turrell and Tacita Dean. Light: Works from Tate’s Collection continues at ACMI until November 13, 2022.

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