James Turrell

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© Courtesy of Pomona College Museum of Art
Untitled (7ROA+B), 2007 Transmission Light Work 73 1/2" X 39 1/2"
Roden Crater Site Plan , 2009 Color Carbon Print 61 X 61 Cm / 24 X 24 In © Courtesy of the artist & Häusler Contemporary
Tall Glass , 2007 Glas, Led 220 X 330 In / 558.8 X 838.2 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Häusler Contemporary
North Moon Space 1, Modelle Roden Crater , 2009 57 X 28.5 X 46 Cm /22.4 X 11.2 X 8.1 In © Courtesy of the artist & Häusler Contemporary
Milk Run, 1996 © Courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Sustaining Light , 2007 Wood, Computerized Neon Setting, Glass Piece Aperture: 62 1/4 X 46 1/2 Inches (158.1 X 118.1 Cm) © Courtesy of the Artist and Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street
Yukaloo, 2011
© Courtesy of the artist & Häusler Contemporary Zürich
Wedgework V , 1975 Flourescent Light Dimensions Variable, Approx. 276 X 287 X 143 In. Courtesy Abstract Select Ltd, Uk © James Turrell. Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann
© Courtesy of the artist & Pace Gallery
Celestial Vault, 2008 Art In Public Space © Gerrit Schreurs and Stroom Den Haag
Wedgework V, 1974 © Courtesy of the Artist and Abstract Select Ltd
Afrum (White), 1966 Projected Light Dimensions Variable, Los Angeles County Museum Of Art, Partial Gift Of Marc And Andrea Glimcher In Honor Of The Appointment Of Michael Govan As Chief Executive Officer And Wallis Annenberg Director And Purchased With Funds Provided By David Bohnett And To © James Turrell. Photo © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA.
© Courtesy of the artist & Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
End Around, 2006 Neon And Fluorescent Light (2007 Installation At Pomona College Museum Of Art, Claremont, California) © Courtesy of the artist & the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Raemar Pink White , 1969 Shallow Space, Collection Of Art & Research, Las Vegas, Installation View At Griffin Contemporary, Santa Monica, Ca © James Turrell, Photo by Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles
Site Plan Roden Crater , 1990 Photo Emulsion, Wax Acrylic, And Tushe On Mylar © James Turrell / the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Manfred Heiting Collection
Acro, Green , 1968 Projected Light © James Turrell / , the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
XXX_C OUT TRIANGLE, 2012 Light Reflective Work 61 X 43,2 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Almine Rech
© Courtesy of the artist & The Spencer Museum of Art
From the Guggenheim, Aten Reign, 2013 Inkjet Print Unikat | Blattmasse 13.33 X 22.22 Cm | Foto: David Heald © James Turrell
Within without' 2010 Skyspace Lighting Installation, Concrete And Basalt Stupa, Water, Earth, Landscaping National Gallery Of Australia, Canberra © James Turrell photograph: John Gollings
Aten Reign, 2015 Archival Pigment Print 46 1/2 X 67 1/2 Inches, Edition Of 30 © Courtesy of the Artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Aten Reign, 2015 Digital Inkjet Print 43 X 63.5 Inches: Image
Afrum, Pale Pink, 1968 Projection, Installation Dimensions Variable. , Photograph By Florian Holzherr © James Turrell, courtesy Pace Gallery
Installation view: "67 68 69" Dimensions Variable. , Photograph By Florian Holzherr © James Turrell, courtesy Pace Gallery
© Courtesy of the Artist and Pace Gallery
Light Reignfall, 2011, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Hyundai Motor as part of The Hyundai Project: Art + Technology at LACMA in honor of the museum's 50th anniversary © James Turrell, photo © Florian Holzherr
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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James Turrell is an artist primarily concerned with light and space. He is best known for his work in progress, Roden Crater. Located outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Turrell is turning this natural cinder volcanic crater into a massive naked-eye observatory, designed specifically for the viewing of celestial phenomena. His other works usually enclose the viewer in order to control their perception of light; a James Turrell skyspace is an enclosed room large enough for roughly 15 people. Inside, the viewers sit on benches along the edge to view the sky through an opening in the roof. He is also known for his light tunnels and light projections that create shapes that seem to have mass and weight, though they are created with only light.

In April 2009, The James Turrell Museum opened at the Bodega Colomé in the Province of Salta, in Argentina. It was designed by Turrell after Donald Hess the owner of the Bodega and owner of a few of Turell's works told him he wanted to dedicate a museum to his work. It contains 9 lights installation, including a skyspace (Unseen Blue), and some drawings and prints.

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