Shape of Light – 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

For the first time, Tate Modern tells the intertwined stories of photography and abstract art in its new exhibition, Shape of Light. The birth of abstract art and the invention of photography were both defining moments in modern visual culture, but these two stories are often told separately.

Shape of Light is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between the two, spanning the century from the 1910s to the present day. It brings to life the innovation and originality of photographers over this period, and shows how they responded and contributed to the development of abstraction.

Key photographs are brought together from pioneers including Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz, major contemporary artists such as Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff, right up to exciting new work by Antony Cairns, Maya Rochat and Daisuke Yokota, made especially for the exhibition.

2 May – 14 October 2018
Tate Modern, London

More information: tate.org.uk

Man Ray, Rayograph, 1922, Private Collection © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018 - Shape of Light
Man Ray, Rayograph, 1922, Private Collection © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018 – Shape of Light
John Divola 74V11 1974, Jack Kirkland Collection, Nottingham © John Divola - Shape of Light
John Divola 74V11 1974, Jack Kirkland Collection, Nottingham © John Divola – Shape of Light
Barbara Kasten, Photogenic Painting, Untitled, 74/13 1974 Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London © Barbara Kasten - Shape of Light
Barbara Kasten, Photogenic Painting, Untitled, 74/13 1974 Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London © Barbara Kasten – Shape of Light
Maya Rochat A Rock is a River (META LOVE) 2017 - Shape of Light
Maya Rochat A Rock is a River (META LOVE) 2017 – Shape of Light
Maya Rochat A Rock is a River (META CARROTS) 2017 - Shape of Light
Maya Rochat A Rock is a River (META CARROTS) 2017 – Shape of Light