Artificial Light by Mr. John B. Ravenal

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This book explores the resurgence of interest among younger artists in working with light as a material. With sixty-three color illustrations, Artificial Light features new sculpture and installations by the international artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Spencer Finch, Ceal Floyer, Iván Navarro, Nathaniel Rackowe, and Douglas Ross. Influenced by the pioneers of light sculpture from the 1960s and 1970s, including Dan Flavin, James Turrell, and Bruce Nauman, this younger generation expands the use of light to address issues of perception, memory, energy, and power.

The exhibition's curator, John B. Ravenal, contributes an introduction on the use of light in art along with individual essays describing each artist's work. Additional essays by two guest authors place these artists' work in the context of light-based art by their predecessors and peers.

Published by VCUarts Anderson Gallery in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Florida

Distributed for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


About Mr. John B. Ravenal

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John B. Ravenal is the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. His recent exhibitions include Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit (2010), Xu Bing: Tobacco Project (2011), and Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit (2014). He is currently working on an exhibition about Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch. He served as the fourth president of the Association of Art Museum Curators and was a 2012 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership.
Published February 1, 2008 by University of Virginia Press. 112 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.