Kasmin Gallery, New York City
Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Wijnegem
Virág Judit Gallery, Budapest
Planning aid for 3 ways of illuminating art
Uniform wallwashing, for example, creates a factual and objective setting. Exhibits and the room gain equal weighting and appear as a single unit. In addition, wallwashing visually enlarges the dimensions of a space. Smaller galleries in particular thus gain in visible volume. You can tell good vertical lighting by its perfect uniformity, even when luminaires are positioned further apart.
Accent lighting emphasises individual works of art. The contrast to the surroundings creates hierarchies of perception, and in this way directs the viewer's attention. The correct angle of incidence of the light must be observed so that viewers do not shade a work of art themselves. As a rule, this is 30° from the vertical. Luminaires with interchangeable lenses or adjustable zoom optics are ideal for matching the angle of incidence precisely to the size of the artwork.
Art that seems to shine from within itself: contour spotlights illuminate the exhibits with a sharply defined cone of light. Backgrounds, such as a wall, remain in the dark in this way. Depending on the design of the optics, contour spotlights allow large paintings to be illuminated from a short distance (wide framing) or small rectangular beams of light to be projected at a long distance (narrow framing).