James Turrell

TypeMale
Artist
Associated person(s)
URLsArtist's page (en)
Institutions/museums RODEN CRATER Project (en)
Wikipedia (en)
Wikipedia (de)


Awards
ScholarshipJames Turrell has received a number of awards, honors, and honorary degrees, including The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1984 and The National Medal of Arts in 2013


Exhibitions
Solo exhibition2013James Turrell: A RetrospectiveLos Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumLos Angeles, Houston, New York (US)
Solo exhibition2009James Turrell - The Wolfsburg ProjectKunstmuseum WolfsburgWolfsburg (DE)


Artworks in Collections
De Young MuseumSan Francisco (US)
Contemporary Art MuseumKumamoto (JP)
Israel MuseumJerusalem (IL)
Museum für Moderne KunstFrankfurt am Main (DE)
Kulturbetriebe Unna, Center for International Light ArtUnna (DE)


Publications
Monography1998Hatje CantzJames Turrell: The other Horizon3-89322-968-XOstfildern (DE) Peter Noever
Monography2000Wilhelm FinkErscheinen und Wahrnehmen. Eine vergleichende Studie zur Kunst von James Turrell und der Philosophie Merleau-PontysEva Schürmann3-7705-3473-5Munich (DE) 
Monography2006KehrerBilder aus Licht: James Turrell im Kontext der amerikanischen Kunst nach 1945Ulrike Gehring978-3-936636-82-6Heidelberg (DE) 
Monography2013PrestelJames Turrell: A Retrospective Michael Govan, Christine Y. Kim
Monography1991University of California PressJames Turrell - The Art of Light and SpaceCraig E. Adcock9780520067288Berkeley (US) 


2013 - 2014
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Exhibitions

Los Angeles / Houston / New York, USA
To mark the artist's 70th birthday, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York organized a three-part retrospective in which works have already been shown and works specially designed for the rooms of these museums to be issued.

2013 - 2014
2009
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Exhibitions

Colomé, Argentina
In the Argentine highlands, the Swiss mineral water manufacturer, restaurateur and large-scale winemaker Donald Hess opens a James Turrell Museum with room and light installations.

2009
1997 - 1998
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Exhibitions

, Japan
On an exhibition tour in Japan, a first large overview of works can be seen with examples from the groups of works Ganzfeld, Wedgeworks, Space Division Constructions.

1997 - 1998
1989 - 1990
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Projects

Inishkame, Ireland
Designed the Irish Sky Garden near Inishkame with various sky observatories carved out of the natural landscape.

1989 - 1990
1977 - 2020
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Projects

Flagstaff, USA
James Turrell is expected to have completed his life's work, the Roden Crater project, in 2020. Turrell built a network of passages and chambers in the extinct volcano. The light penetrates into the interior of the crater through astronomically calculated openings aimed at celestial bodies, where it is caught and reflected by objects, creating spaces of light.

1977 - 2020
1968
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Fundings and grants

Los Angeles, USA
Collaboration with Robert Irwin and perceptual psychologist Edward Wortz on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

1968
1966 - 1974
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Places of work / studios

Los Angeles, USA
Renting the former Mendota Hotel in Ocean Park, first light projections in the interior; the first Cross Corner Projections are made

1966 - 1974
1961 - 1965
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Education

Claremont, USA
Studied psychology, mathematics and art history at Pomona College, Claremont, California

1961 - 1965
1943
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Born

Los Angeles, USA

1943

Over the course of nearly fifty years, James Turrell has created a vast body of work exploring the properties of light, perception, architecture, and the space of the viewer. Throughout his career—from his early light projections to his immersive installations to his magnum opus, the Roden Crater Project—Turrell has provided experiences for visitors rather than simply creating objects. James Turrell: A Retrospective presents the most comprehensive overview of his work to date through a variety of mediums, including projections, sensory environments, photographs, and works on paper. Born in 1943, Turrell grew up in Pasadena, California. By the age of sixteen he had earned his pilot’s license. While an undergraduate at Pomona College, he completed extensive coursework in art, art history, mathematics, and astronomy, graduating in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in perceptual psychology. He took graduate courses at the University of California, Irvine, and received his master’s in fine arts from Claremont Graduate School. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Guggenheim and MacArthur “genius” fellowships. His works prompt visitors to consider not only what they are perceiving but also the nature and process of perception.

Exh.Cat. James Turrell, A Retrospective, May 26, 2013–April 6, 2014, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

http://www.lacma.org/sites/default/files/reading_room/Turrell_LACMA_Brochure_052213_.pdf (19.05.2021)

 

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Shanta (Blue) photo Shanta (Blue) 1967 James Turrell 
Third Breath photo Third Breath 2009 James Turrell 
Wide Out photo Wide Out 1998 James Turrell