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).
New York—Pace Gallery is pleased to announce 67 68 69, a two-venue exhibition of James Turrell’s landmark light projections from the late 1960s. The exhibition will be on view from May 6 to July 29, 2016, spanning Pace’s galleries at 32 East 57th Street and 534 West 25th Street. An opening reception will be held at the 25th Street Gallery on Thursday, May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
67 68 69 coincides with an exhibition of works by Turrell, which will inaugurate Pace’s new gallery in Palo Alto and be on view from April 28 to August 21.
67 68 69 is the first exhibition in more than a decade to focus exclusively on Turrell’s first light works. The exhibition will include a selection of early light works and schematic drawings by Turrell from the late 1960s, highlighting the artist’s investigation of color, light, perception and space.
Upon moving into a vacated hotel in Santa Monica in 1966, Turrell began experimenting with high-intensity projectors, using them to modulate space and the eyes’ perception of it. The result of these endeavors was his corner projections, the artist’s first significant works using light as a medium to create the appearance of free-floating, three-dimensional objects suspended in the corners of a room.
Turrell created variations on all of his projections, exploring the relationship between form and color. The exhibition will feature Afrum, Turrell’s first projection. A projection of a cube floating a corner, Afrum synthesizes Turrell’s interest in art history—Suprematism especially—with more psychological and phenomenological pursuits. Variations of the work are included in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
James Turrell (b. 1943, Los Angeles) has been the subject of over 160 solo presentations at museums worldwide. 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 travelled 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. Meeting (1986), Turrell’s site-specific Skyspace installation at MoMA PS1, will reopen this summer.
Turrell’s work is included in more than than ninety international public collections, including Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. His Roden Crater, located in a dormant volcanic cinder cone in the Painted Desert region of Northern Arizona, is the culmination of his research in the field of visual and psychological perception. An ongoing project since 1977, the large-scale, immersive work will be a site for experiencing and contemplating light, time and landscape. Turrell’s numerous awards include 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). In November 2015, he was the honoree at LACMA’s 2015 Art + Film Gala.