Image: Installation view, James Turrell at Frieze Los Angeles, Presented by Pace Gallery and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, February 14 – 16, 2020, Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles © James Turrell

Art Fairs

Frieze Los Angeles

James Turrell

Feb 13 – 16, 2020

James Turrell’s installations draw us closer to the presence of light and its transformation of our perception of space.

For the 2020 edition of Frieze Los Angeles, Pace Gallery and Kayne Griffin Corcoran will co-present an immersive exhibition of work by James Turrell across both galleries’ art fair booth. The presentation is conceived to further the ongoing crowdsourcing and awareness-raising efforts for Turrell’s magnum opus, the Roden Crater project.

Art Fair Details

Frieze Los Angeles
Feb 13 – 16, 2020
Booth B16

Presented in collaboration with Kayne Griffin Corcoran


Paramount Pictures Studios
Los Angeles

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James Turrell, Atlantis, Medium Rectangle Glass, 2019, L.E.D. light, etched glass and shallow space, 56" × 73" (142.2 cm × 185.4 cm) Runtime: 2 hours 30 minutes © James Turrell

The works in this presentation vary in scale, shape and color, and are developed from the artist's Glass works begun in 2006. Each Glass work is a unique composition, incorporating a temporal element in which hundreds of vivid combinations of colors seep into each other as they slowly shift over time. Together, the works create an immersive and changing light-filled environment and a place for meditation, introspection, and awe. The color filled apertures advance the lineage of abstract art, building on the tenets of Mark Rothko’s Color Field paintings or Ad Reinhardt’s black paintings, which for Turrell “brought color out of darkness.” In implicating the viewer in the temporal experience of color within the physical and perceptual experience, Turrell turns light into a powerful substance.

I want light itself to be the revelation.

James Turrell

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Roden Crater, Sunset © James Turrell, photography by Florian Holzherr

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Our presentation at Frieze Los Angeles is conceived to further the ongoing crowdsourcing and awareness-raising efforts for Turrell’s magnum opus, the Roden Crater project. Located in the Painted Desert region of Northern Arizona, Roden Crater is a monumental artwork created within a volcanic cinder. Representing the culmination of the artist’s lifelong research in the field of human visual and psychological perception, Roden Crater is a gateway to the contemplation of light, time, and landscape.

Since its inception, Turrell and has received widespread and high-profile support from corporations and foundations. Roden Crater counts DIA Art Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts among its Founding Donors. Pace and Kayne Griffin Corcoran will use the occasion of Frieze Los Angeles to further engage the West Coast community with Roden Crater through an education campaign on the project and by encouraging individual contributions.

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East Portal © James Turrell, photography by Florian Holzherr

Marc Glimcher, President and CEO of Pace Gallery, comments, “Seeing the completion of Roden Crater within Turrell’s lifetime is a long-held dream we all share. He has been working towards the realization of this seminal work for decades, and the end is ever closer. However modest the donation, every individual has the power to make it happen and to become part of the Roden Crater story. It’s a project close to my heart that, once open to the public, will truly illustrate the impact art can have on humanity.”

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James Turrell

James Turrell, associated with the Light and Space movement of the 1960s, has dedicated his practice to what he has deemed perceptual art, investigating the materiality of light. Influenced by the notion of pure feeling in pictorial art, Turrell’s earliest work focused on the dialectic between constructing light and painting with light, building on the sensorial experience of space, color, and perception.

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