Pace Galleries

Everything Is Illuminated

With compact fluorescents and retro Edison bulbs jockeying for shelf space, traditional incandescents have lost their allure. But for much of the last century, the simple technology has not only illuminated artists' studios but also starred in the artworks themselves. The Pace Gallery traces the bulb in its many iterations: ghostlike in a Hiroshi Sugimoto photograph, aglow in a Francis Bacon still life, and shattered in a soft sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The show is a bright spot in Chelsea—here's a look inside.
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