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James Turrell

About James Turrell

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); The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University Medal Award (2017).

Press Release

  • James Turrell Pace Palo Alto

    Palo Alto, CA — Pace Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of their permanent gallery in Palo Alto with an exhibition of work by James Turrell on view from April 28 to August 28, 2016. The inaugural exhibition features the Reflective Hologram and Wide Glass Series. A public opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m.

    This exhibition exemplifies James Turrell’s ongoing investigation of color, light, perception and space through his works, Pelée (2014), a site-specific Wide Glass installation, as well as a series of Reflective Holograms. In Pelée, Turrell uses a wall of LED light tiles generated by a computer program. The light changes are subtle and hypnotic—one color morphs into the next with hues of blue evolving into green and purple. The program runs on a loop, transfixing the viewer. Utilizing holographic film with glass, the Reflective Hologram works appear to hold a fragment of light and represent Turrell’s smallest holograms, functioning solely through the reflection of light.

    “Pace has had the honor of championing James Turrell’s work for nearly 50 years. His formidable practice and tireless commitment to exploring technological possibilities combined with sensory dimensions remains one of the most compelling today. We are thrilled to open Pace’s first permanent site in the heart of Silicon Valley with one of our most beloved and original risk takers,” comments Elizabeth Sullivan, President of Pace Palo Alto.

    Spanning 3,200ft2, the new Palo Alto location marks Pace Gallery’s first permanent site on the West Coast and its second site in the San Francisco Bay Area, complementing the temporary 20,000ft2 Menlo Park space that currently anchors Pace Gallery’s Art + Technology program. Pace Palo Alto is located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, on the ground floor of the iconic Art Deco Cardinal Hotel, and minutes away from the Stanford University campus. The gallery’s design and construction will be overseen by Los Angeles-based Matthew Sullivan of AQQ Design.

    About James Turrell: James Turrell (b. 1943, Los Angeles) has been the subject of significant solo presentations at numerous museums including the Pasadena Art Museum (1967); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1976); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1980); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1984); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1985–86); and Institut Valencià d’Art Modern 2 (2004–05). In 2013, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, jointly presented a three-venue survey of Turrell’s work. LACMA’s retrospective later traveled to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. In 2015, Houghton Hall, Norfolk, United Kingdom, presented an exhibition of its extensive holdings of Turrell’s work, and the artist’s first Skyspace in Mexico opened in Jardín Botánico Culiacán in Sinaloa. His work is included in more than ninety international public collections. Turrell’s numerous awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1984); in November 2015, he was the honoree at LACMA’s 2015 Art + Film Gala.


The New York Times announced Pace Gallery's opening of a space in downtown Palo Alto, slated for April 27. The choice of Palo Alto is "not about that whole internationalist plan of opening your gallery in every major city, which we certaintly have been a part of," but about "trying to do something we don't already do and reach a new community that is not being served right now," said Marc Glimcher, president of Pace worldwide. The Palo Alto gallery opening focusing on the recent work of Jame