Here’s a Great Escape – Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space
Dreamy, otherworldly and transcendent, “Suprasensorial” at the Hirshhorn through May 13 is a satisfying optical and intellectual meal. The intoxicating centerpiece is Carlos Cruz-Diez’s aptly titled Chromosaturation, three contiguous white spaces, each illuminated by a set of fluorescent lights of a single color: green, magenta and blue (at least, thats’s the literal description). The illumination is really a saturation that alternately creates sharp distinctions and blurs borders. It will you giddy, buoyant and delighted.
Here’s how the museum describes the exhibition:
The Hirshhorn presents Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space, the first exhibition to reevaluate the evolution of the international Light and Space movement through the work of five pivotal Latin American artists: Carlos Cruz-Diez (b. Caracas, Venezuela, 1923), Lucio Fontana (b. Rosario, Argentina, 1899; d. Varese, Italy, 1968), Julio Le Parc (b. Mendoza, Argentina, 1928), Hélio Oiticica (b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1937; d. Rio de Janeiro, 1980), and Jesús Rafael Soto (b. Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, 1923; d. Paris, France, 2005).
The Light and Space movement is often considered as emerging in the United States in the late 1960s and 1970s. Almost a decade earlier, Latin American artists were creating environments of light and color that challenged traditional standards of art as a static experience.