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Neon at the Grundy Art Gallery

Neon

You can’t accuse the Grundy of skimping on the sheer number of artists in this years Lightpool tie in show Neon. Over twenty of the biggest, brightest (one would of course expect that with a neon show) and up and coming artists are included in Neon: The Charged Line. As well as art mega stars like the ever ponderous and brilliant Martin Creed, the light the touch paper and stand back Tracy Emin there are artists from across the world and last six decades, there is even one from Blackpool itself, Noel Clueit. The artists included in this eye crashing show are, Fiona Banner, David Batchelor, Noel Clueit, Martin Creed, Shezad Dawood, Tracey Emin, Tim Etchells, Cerith Wyn Evans, Graham Fagen, Ron Haselden, Robert Irwin, Joseph Kosuth, Bertrand Lavier, Franรงois Morellet, Paulina Olowska, Joe Fletcher Orr, Eddie Peake, Mai-Thu Perret, Prem Sahib, Keith Sonnier, Evren Tekinoktay, Gavin Turk…

Phew, that’s a lot of artistic talent on show, not all of the artists are ‘in’ the gallery as some have work on roofs, external walls or displayed around the town so there is a lot to see, places to visit and walk to, think of it as an art version of Pokemon Go but instead of throwing virtual balls at digital teddy bears and fish you will be experiencing groundbreaking artworks in new environments, you really will feel like you ‘Gotta catch them all’

It’s an illuminated smorgasbord with a eye to the critically acclaimed yet it still remains an immediate and accessible show that works on as many levels as you wish it, there is something for every taste and age group so head on down to the Grundy for Neon: The Charged Line from next Thursday 1st of September.

NEON: The Charged Line will be a major new survey exhibition exploring how artists have worked with neon, from the 1960s to the present day.

The exhibition will encompass a wide range of ways in which artists have experimented with light designed to be seen rather than illuminate; whether through text and language, the drawn line or an investigation into its physical and sculptural qualities.

Coinciding with the famous Illuminations, the Grundy will also be displaying rarely seen 1930s designs highlighting Blackpool’s pioneering role in the history of neon in the UK.

Full dates: 1 Sept 2016 – 7 Jan 2017 (closed 24 Dec – 2 Jan inclusive) Image: Joseph Kosuth, Neon, 1965, Courtesy of the Artist, La maison rouge, Paris and Sprรผth Magers Gallery London / Photograph by Marc Domage

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