Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

Tate Modern

2 May – 14 October 2018

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Explore the relationship between photography and abstract art in the first exhibition to trace the history of their shared development.

Guy Bourdin, Untitled, 1952

From the 1910s to the present day, this exhibition highlights the innovation of photographers making art with relatively new technology and how they responded and contributed to the emerging field of abstract art.

On display are paintings, sculptures and installations by renowned abstract artists from across the century such as Georges Braque, Jackson Pollock, Carl Andre and Bridget Riley.

Exhibited alongside them are photographic prints from pioneers including Paul Strand, László Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray. There are also works by lesser known and experimental photographers, and contemporary artists such as Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff.

The juxtaposition of painting, sculpture and photography illuminates the dynamic relationship between evolving disciplines during an exciting and defining period in the history of modern art.

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Daily, 10am – 6pm, Fri and Sat until 10pm (last admission to special exhibitions 45 mins before closing)

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