NEON: The Charged Line celebrates the most internationally renowned neon artworks

Joseph Kosuth Neon (1965) | © Joseph Kosuth. All rights reserved, DACS 2016**

Joseph Kosuth Neon (1965) | © Joseph Kosuth. All rights reserved, DACS 2016**

This autumn, Blackpool’s art gallery, the Grundy, launches a major new exhibition bringing together some of the most internationally renowned neon artworks from the 1960s to the present day.

Featuring artists such as Tracey Emin, Joseph Kosuth and Gavin Turk, NEON: The Charged Line will be the most significant survey focusing solely on the medium of neon staged in the UK to date.

The show will see the Grundy's municipal Edwardian galleries transformed into a series of eight rooms, each introducing work of different historical periods, geographic origins, and aesthetic interests. Whilst some artists, such as Kosuth or Emin, are more concerned with text and language others, including Eddie Peake, Mai-Thu Perret or David Batchelor, use neon as an extension of the drawn line, or for its three-dimensional sculptural or colourful qualities.

Of note will be the inclusion of two French artists, François Morellet and Bertrand Lavier. These significant early practitioners, active since the 1960s, were amongst the earliest to experiment with neon in abstract and geometric forms. Morellet, who passed away in May this year, was a major figure in the world of French art but has been less widely seen in public galleries in the UK. This exhibition will be a rare opportunity to review some of his most celebrated works. Not to be missed!

Exhibition dates from 1 Sept 2016 – 7 Jan 2017. Special opening hours for NEON: The Charged Line: Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00, Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00. Closed Mondays, and from 24 Dec 2016 – 2 January 2017 inclusive. Find out more: www.grundyartgallery.com.

Via direct submission | All images courtesy of respective artists. Main image: Joseph Kosuth Neon (1965) © Joseph Kosuth

Bertrand Lavier Telluride II, 2005 Courtesy the artist and Kewenig, Berlin | © Bertrand Lavier. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

Bertrand Lavier Telluride II, 2005 Courtesy the artist and Kewenig, Berlin | © Bertrand Lavier. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

Tim Etchells | Image courtesy of Hugo Glendinning

Tim Etchells | Image courtesy of Hugo Glendinning

© Cerith Wyn Evans. Photo © Stephen White Courtesy White Cube

© Cerith Wyn Evans. Photo © Stephen White Courtesy White Cube

© Cerith Wyn Evans. Courtesy White Cube

© Cerith Wyn Evans. Courtesy White Cube

Eddie Peake Verb 2013 | © Eddie Peake. Photo © White Cube (Ben Westoby)

Eddie Peake Verb 2013 | © Eddie Peake. Photo © White Cube (Ben Westoby)

Prem Sahib BUMP | Courtesy of the artist & Southard Reid, London

Prem Sahib BUMP | Courtesy of the artist & Southard Reid, London

© Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

© Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

Courtesy of Annely Juda Fine Art, London © François Morellet. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

Courtesy of Annely Juda Fine Art, London © François Morellet. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

Gavin Turk One Twenty Five,2013 Courtesy of the artist

Gavin Turk One Twenty Five,2013 Courtesy of the artist

Tim Etchells Lets Pretend (Large)

Tim Etchells Lets Pretend (Large)