through June 24
Neuberger Museum, Purchase
Stephen Antonakos: Proscenium + Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Now
January 28-June 24, 2018
Opening in the Winter of 2018, the Neuberger Museum of Art will feature two exhibitions about neon that explore several artists’ use of this exciting medium as well as the close collaboration between the skilled glass-benders and the artists. Stephen Antonakos: Proscenium features a large-scale, site-specific work originally created in 2000 for the Neuberger’s vast Theater Gallery. A pioneer in the use of neon as a fine art material, Antonakos’ (1926-2013) career spanned over five decades, during which time he created numerous illuminated works for indoor and outdoor spaces across the globe. Named for a type of Greek stage, Proscenium will animate the darkened space of Theater Gallery with saturated color, glowing light, and calligraphic line. Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Nowwill provide a selective survey of neon art from 1965 to the present and will feature iconic works from the Neuberger Museum’s permanent collection including Chryssa’s Ampersand V (1965), Otto Piene’s Neon Medusa (1969), and Cerith Wyn Evans’ TIX3 (1994) as well as loaned work from public and private collections. It will focus on the often-blurred lines between commercial and fine art, and consider the complicated interplays among light, chemistry, and artistic vision.
More info at Neuberger Museum.
Header Art: Stephen Antonakos, Proscenium, 2000, Neon and painted raceways,