James Turrell

  • , Milkrun III, 2002
    Spectral Wedgework, neon
  • , Milkrun III, 2002
    Spectral Wedgework, neon
  • , Sensing Thought, 2005
    wood, Plexiglas volume, computerized neons setting
    306,5 x 206,5 x 70 cm
  • , Cherry, 1998
    Light Installation
  • , Joecar Blue, 1968
    Light Projection
    365 x 90 cm
  • , Image Stone: Moon side, 1999
    Series of 6 etchings aquatint from photographs
    49,5 x 40,5 x 3 cm
  • , Crater's Eye, 2007
    Bronze, plaster, wooden plinth, in 2 parts
    14 x 26 x 52 cm
  • , XXX_A - OUT ELLIPSE, 2012
    Light Reflective Work
    61 x 43,2 cm
  • , XXX _B - OUT ELLIPSE, 2012
    Light Reflective Work
    61 x 43,2 cm
  • , XXX_C OUT TRIANGLE, 2012
    Light Reflective Work
    61 x 43,2 cm
  • , Prado, Red, 1968
    Light Projection Installation
  • , Sun and Moon Space, 2006
    Bronze, plaster, wooden plint
    43 x 21,5 x 23,5 cm
  • , Untitled, 2010
    Reflection Hologram
    61 x 45 cm
  • , Untitled, 2010
    Reflection Hologram
    61 x 46 cm
  • , Untitled, 2010
    Transmission hologram
    152,4 x 96,52 x 1,27 cm
  • , de Chelly, 2002
    Light installation, Space Division Construction
  • , XXIV-I, 2010
    Reflection Hologram
    61 x 46 cm
  • , XXIV-C, 2010
    Reflection Hologram
    61 x 46 cm
  • , Ming, 1999
    Installation
    Dimensions variables
  • , Juke Blue, 1968
    Projection piece
    170 x 1315 x 57 cm
  • , Acro Red, 1968
    Light Projection
    157 x 244 x 56 cm

For over half a century, the American artist James Turrell has worked directly with light and space to create artworks that engage viewers with the limits and wonder of human perception. Turrell, an avid pilot who has logged over twelve thousand hours flying, considers the sky as his studio, material and canvas. New Yorker critic Calvin Tompkins writes, “His work is not about light, or a record of light; it is light — the physical presence of light made manifest in sensory form.”

Informed by his training in perceptual psychology and a childhood fascination with light, Turrell began experimenting with light as a medium in southern California in the mid-1960’s. The Pasadena Art Museum mounted a one-man show of his Projection Pieces, created with high-intensity projectors and precisely modified spaces, in 1967. Mendota Stoppages, a series of light works created and exhibited in his Santa Monica studio, paired Projection Pieces with structural cuts in the building, creating apertures open to the light outside. These investigations aligning and mixing interior and exterior, formed the groundwork for the open sky spaces found in his later Skyspace, Tunnel and Crater artworks.

Turrell’s medium is pure light. He says, “My work has no object, no image and no focus. With no object, no image and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.”


Exhibitions


Museum Exhibitions

  • Immsersive Light

    Long Museum, Shanghai
  • Light Reignfall

    LACMA, Los Angeles
  • A retrospective

    LACMA, Los Angeles

Selected press