Shape of Light

100 years of photography and abstract art is a complicated relationship that the Tate Modern will explore in a significant new exhibition announced for May 2018. The show will include work from more than 100 artists working alongside photographers, painters and sculptors.
Photographic experiments from the 1910s will be on show alongside mid-century abstract art and contemporary digital developments, in an exhibition that will put forward a century of rapid growth and cross-inspiration between media.

One of the many forms explored will be the Photogram or camera-less photography. A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The usual result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone that depends upon the transparency of the objects used. Areas of the paper that have received no light appear white; those exposed through transparent or semi-transparent objects appear grey.

In addition to works from photographers Floris Neussis, Gottfried Jaeger, André Kertész and Man Ray the show will uncover the influence that the Sense of Abstraction had on 1960s art and beyond, before interrogating what abstraction means in contemporary art today.

Photography and Abstract Art Exhibition will run from 2 May – 14 October 2018 at the V&A museum. The Victoria & Albert Museum houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of art & design from around the world