Tate Modern

Shape of Light

100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

02 May - 14 Oct 2018

​Antony Cairns
LDN5_051, 2017
© Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns
For the first time, Tate Modern tells the intertwined stories of photography and abstract art.

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.


Tags: Antony Cairns, Barbara Kasten, Maya Rochat, Thomas Ruff, Alfred Stieglitz, Daisuke Yokota