Sunday, 28 August 2011

Neon


Joseph Kosuth, Neon, 1965
It is the centenary of neon, more or less, as I have learned from a feature by Peter Conrad in the Observer. Neon was discovered in 1898, but it was 1910 when Georges Claude demonstrated a  commercial application for neon lighting, which he patented in 1911 - hence the cetenary.
Below is a selection of examples of both commercial and fine art neon.
Piccadilly Circus (1950s?) Photograph: Rex Features
David Noble, Night Scene, Butlin's Skegness John Hinde Ltd (1960s?)
Bruce Nauman, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths, 1967
'Nathan's Famous' photographed by Kirsten Hively - see her Project Neon and Flickr site

Michael Craig-Martin, installation on Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2006

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Ici On Danse, 1996
Mark Kelly, Nothing Is So Important That it Needs To Be Made In Six Foot Neon, 2009
Stephen Atonakos, Incomplete Neon Square,1977
Tracey Emin, Love is What You Want, 2011
Martin Creed, Work No.240, Fuck Off, 1999

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