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Luminosity

Luminosity

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - Sunday, July 29, 2012

From the Renaissance until the late nineteenth century, Western art was primarily concerned with the representation of the three-dimensional world in the two-dimensional medium of painting. The artist has many tools by which to create an illusion of the natural world, but the aspect which has so often proven to be most elusive and effective is the successful rendering of light. It is through the depiction of light and its twin, shadow, that the artist is able to “mold” the two-dimensional form in the eye of the viewer so that what is actually flat is perceived as being three-dimensional. The works presented in this gallery explore the manner in which various artists have treated light, both concretely and metaphorically, in different media and styles over time. The installation follows the opening of Joseph’s Coat, the Skyspace by James Turrell (b.1943) in which the artist calls our attention to our participation in perception and the profound effect that the manipulation of light and color can have on our visual experience. This gallery also serves as a complement to the production of the play Red by John Logan in the Historic Asolo Theater. Red investigates the circumstances surrounding the work of Mark Rothko (1903-1970), one of the acknowledged masters of “capturing” light in painting. The title of this installation is taken from a line Rothko speaks in the play in reference to the Baroque master of light, Caravaggio (1571-1610), “He illuminates the picture from within! He gives it inner luminosity. It lives...” Red by John Logan and directed by Lou Jacob is produced by the Ringling Museum of Art in partnership with the Asolo Repertory Theatre and is a co-production with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Red appears onstage at the Historic Asolo Theater from March 30 to April 22, 2012.