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By Kerryn Greenberg
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Showcasing over 100 remarkable artworks from the past 200 years, this beautiful book reveals how the intangibility of light continues to fascinate us.

Light has been an enduring subject in art. In all mediums, artists have exploited the contrasts between light and dark, opposed cool and warm colours, drawn on science, and attempted to capture the transient effects of light and its emotional associations.

This book explores how artists have perceived, illustrated and utilised light since the eighteenth century. Beginning with the British artist J.M.W. Turner, who captured triumphant explosions of light and sought to represent its ephemerality in paint, it reveals how his expressive use of colour and interest in evanescent light influenced the French Impressionists. For them, light became the subject itself, as the likes of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and others ventured outside to capture the momentary effects of sunlight on canvas.

Exploring later innovations in photography, the book also highlights how this became a critical vehicle through which artists began to use light itself as a medium, eschewing subject matter to create photographs that more closely resembled moving abstractions than still images. By the 1960s artists including Dan Flavin, James Turrell and Lis Rhodes had begun to work with artificial light to create new types of sculptures and immersive installations, repositioning the spectator as participant. Many artists like Olafur Eliasson and Tacita Dean continue to work with light, encouraging viewers to question their own positions and perspectives.

Kerryn Greenberg is an art historian and curator, and former Head of International Collection Exhibitions at Tate.

We’ve chosen this as our #TateBookOfTheMonth. An unmissable read every month.

  • Dimensions 26.5 x 21 cm
  • Material FSC certified paper and card
  • ISBN 9781849768047
  • Paperback Yes
  • Number of illustrations 100
  • No of pages 208
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UK – 1-2 weeks

European Union – 2-4 weeks

Rest of world – 2-4 weeks


Neon lights will be delivered in 2-4 weeks, as they are made in small batches and shipped separately from other items.

Delivery costs

We currently offer free standard delivery on UK orders over £60. Please note that this is offer is valid only online. Our other delivery costs are as follows.

For orders under £60:

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European Union – £15 per order

Rest of world (including non-EU European countries) – £28 per order

Limited editions

Due to the nature of our Limited Edition artworks, Tate offers rates for packaging materials to sufficiently protect the works and a fully insured, door-to-door courier service, for both UK and international shipping.

UK – FREE
USA – £80 each
European Union – £120 each
Rest of world (including non-EU European countries) – £150 each
 
 

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Rugs are dispatched directly from the Christopher Farr workshop, so they will arrive separately from any other items ordered from Tate Shop.

UK – £50 per order

For international shipping enquiries, please contact us at shop@tate.org.uk for quotes on delivery to selected countries.

 

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Please contact our customer service team within 45 days if you need to return anything from your order. We will be happy to offer you a full refund, replacement or exchange on any items excluding custom prints, face coverings and pierced earrings.

Unfortunately, after 14 working days we cannot refund any delivery charges or cover the cost of returning the item. You can contact our customer service team by email at: shop.online@tate.org.uk or by phone on +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (Monday – Friday, 9.45–18.00).

Here’s more information on refunds & returns.

Delivery & returns

Delivery times

We aim to deliver shop products within:

UK – 1-2 weeks

European Union – 2-4 weeks

Rest of world – 2-4 weeks


Neon lights will be delivered in 2-4 weeks, as they are made in small batches and shipped separately from other items.

Delivery costs

We currently offer free standard delivery on UK orders over £60. Please note that this is offer is valid only online. Our other delivery costs are as follows.

For orders under £60:

UK – £3.60 per order

European Union – £15 per order

Rest of world (including non-EU European countries) – £28 per order

Limited editions

Due to the nature of our Limited Edition artworks, Tate offers rates for packaging materials to sufficiently protect the works and a fully insured, door-to-door courier service, for both UK and international shipping.

UK – FREE
USA – £80 each
European Union – £120 each
Rest of world (including non-EU European countries) – £150 each
 
 

Rugs

Rugs are dispatched directly from the Christopher Farr workshop, so they will arrive separately from any other items ordered from Tate Shop.

UK – £50 per order

For international shipping enquiries, please contact us at shop@tate.org.uk for quotes on delivery to selected countries.

 

Food & Wine

Our collection of food and wine is only available for delivery in the UK. We currently offer free delivery on wine orders over £100, using a specialist white glove service within the M25 area.

Wine: UK only – £20 per order

Please note that our wines can only be purchased by those aged 18 years and over. Customers will be asked to provide proof of age upon delivery.

Here’s more information on delivery.

Refunds & returns

Please contact our customer service team within 45 days if you need to return anything from your order. We will be happy to offer you a full refund, replacement or exchange on any items excluding custom prints, face coverings and pierced earrings.

Unfortunately, after 14 working days we cannot refund any delivery charges or cover the cost of returning the item. You can contact our customer service team by email at: shop.online@tate.org.uk or by phone on +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (Monday – Friday, 9.45–18.00).

Here’s more information on refunds & returns.