James Turrell (b. 1943, Los Angeles) uses light and indeterminate space—not objects or images—to extend and enhance perception. His work has been the subject of over 160 solo exhibitions worldwide since 1967, including the three-venue museum exhibition presented concurrently at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2013. In addition to permanent installations at institutions such as Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Turrell’s work can be seen in over 70 international collections. Since 1968, when Turrell received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the artist has been the recipient of numerous awards including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1984); Chevalier, L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (1991); Commandeur, L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2006); and National Medal of Arts, Washington, D.C. (2014).
6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET
7 February – 5 April 2014
Pace London is honoured to present an exhibition of work by James Turrell from 7 February to 5 April 2014 at 6 Burlington Gardens. Turrell is among the most influential artists of the past fifty years and Pace is proud to continue its long commitment to the artist stretching back to 1967. This is the gallery’s sixth exhibition of his work following his unprecedented concurrent museum exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA, on view until 6 April 2014), and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
For over three decades, Turrell has used light and indeterminate space — not objects, nor images — to extend and enhance perception. Turrell’s inspiration draws from astronomy, physics, architecture and theology.
Turrell’s first solo exhibition at Pace London features two never-before-seen works from the Wide Glass series staged in site-designed chambers on the ground floor of the gallery. Works from this series were recently included in the LACMA’s exhibition. Each Wide Glass work is unique and features an aperture with a frosted and curved glass surface animated by an array of sophisticated LED lights. With these new works, Turrell continues his exploration of technological possibilities combined with sensory practices, and invites the viewer to a meditative experience.
“I am really interested in the qualities of one space sensing another. It is like looking at someone looking. Objectivity is gained by being once removed. As you plumb a space with vision, it is possible to ‘see yourself see’. This seeing, this plumbing, imbues space with consciousness.” James Turrell.
Also displayed in the exhibition are two works from the Tall Glass series: Sojourn (2006), presented in the downstairs gallery between the two Wide Glass works, and Sensing Thought (2005), upstairs. Each piece from this series is constructed to create a tangible and physical plane of light. The artist has likened the processional development of colours to a musical system utilising themes and gradient tones. The physical construction of these work srelates to the earlier series entitled Shallow Space Constructions from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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LIGHTSCAPE: James Turrell will run from 7 June until 24 October at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, UK. Turrell is one of the most influential contemporary artists of the last half century. Using light as a medium, Turrell investigates themes of space and perception in his work. LIGHTSCAPE plays host to an ambitious display of Turrell’s light pieces, centred around the personal collection of the Marquess of Cholmondeley, the owner of Houghton and a long-standing admirer of his work, and will be compl