A guide to art in NYC, with families in mind.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Burning Bright: A Short History of the Light Bulb

Zhang Xiaogang
Lamp No. 2, 2009
The venerable Light bulb as icon gets the spotlight this month in at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea.  Making a debut in 1880, the incandescent light bulb gave artists an alternative light source to work by day or night and inspiration as a subject in and of itself.   The roster of artists represented at the exhibit is stellar,Picasso, Calder and Rauschenberg to name just a few.  There are oils, inks,  photographs, sculpture,installations and mixed media on view.  We especially liked Alexander Calder's "Cat lamp," circa 1928.   You'll enjoy comparing the different techniques, styles and viewpoints presented by the artists. The exhibit runs until November 26 and is perfect for all.  Take care to keep the smaller children from the irresistible urge to touch. 
Alexander Calder
"Cat Lamp," 1928
The Pace Gallery 545 West 22nd street
Alexander Calder "Cat Lamp," 1928 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Gift of the artist, 1966
Zhang Xiaogang "Lamp No. 2, 2009
Courtesy The Pace Gallery