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The Artists Of The Light And Space Movement

VIDEO: Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface

When we think of the visual arts, we often thinking of a painting or a work of sculpture. But in the 1960s, a group of southern California artists broke out of the frame and traditions of art-making to create a new movement in contemporary art. Artists like Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler and James Turrell focused on the experience of light and space in their work. They and the 13 artists in the new groundbreaking exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, were inspired by the light, landscape and culture of southern California in the 60s and 70s.

The exhibit "Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface" is currently on view at both the downtown and La Jolla locations of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The show is part of this fall's larger Getty Museum initiative called Pacific Standard Time.

San Diego-based artist Robert Irwin and MCASD Director Hugh Davies were interviewed on KPBS' Midday Edition about the exhibit.