James Turrell: A Retrospective

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Jan 1, 2013 - Art - 303 pages
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Copublished with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the major touring retrospective and concurrent exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this comprehensive volume illuminates the origins and motivations of James Turrell's incredibly diverse and exciting body of work--from his Mendota studio days to his monumental work-in-progress Roden Crater. Whether he's projecting shapes on a flat wall or into the corner of a gallery space, James Turrell is perpetually asking us to "go inside and greet the light"--evoking his Quaker upbringing. In fact, all of Turrell's work has been influenced by his life experiences with aviation, science, and psychology, and as a key player in Los Angeles's exploding art scene of the 1960s. Enhanced by thoughtful essays and an illuminating interview with the artist, this monograph explores every aspect of Turrell's career to date--from his early geometric light projections, prints, and drawings, through his installations exploring sensory deprivation and seemingly unmodulated fields of colored light, to recent two-dimensional experiments with holograms. It also features an in-depth look at Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention into the landscape near Flagstaff, Arizona, which will be presented through models, plans, photographs, and drawings. Fans of this highly influential artist will find much to savor in this wide-ranging and beautiful book, featuring specially commissioned new photography by Florian Holzherr.

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James Turrell: A Retrospective

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Artist James Turrell has spent his nearly 50-year career investigating light, shape, perception, and ways of bringing art into nature. One of his most well-known projects is the Roden Crater Project ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Tiffany Bell has served as project director of the Dan Flavin catalogue raisonne since 1998; Michael Govan is director of Dia Art Foundation; Earl A. Powell III is director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Brydon Smith is former curator of twentieth-century art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Jeffrey Weiss is head of the department of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Christine Y. Kim has been Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, since 2009. With Michael Govan, she co-organized James Turrell: A Retrospective (2013), which won first place in the International Art Critics Association (AICA-USA) annual exhibition awards in 2014. She has also organized Teresa Margolles (2010), an outdoor sculpture project in collaboration with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), a non-profit organization for public art that she co-founded in 2009; and Christian Marclay: The Clock (2011). Kim was previously Associate Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she organized the exhibitions Black Belt (2003), Philosophy of Time Travel (2007), Flow (2008), and Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage; Africa, Lagos‒Dakar (2008), among others. Recently, she has been a guest curator of Art Public 2011 and Art Public 2012 at the Bass Museum for Art, Art Basel Miami Beach, and a curatorial adviser to Prospect.3, New Orleans (2014). In 2010 Kim won the New Leadership Award from ArtTable. She has received curatorial and research grants from the Turkish Cultural Institute (1999), The American Center Foundation (2002), Cultural Services of the French Embassy (2007), the Japan Foundation (2011), and Artis (2013).

Alison de Lima Greene is curator of contemporary art and special projects, Vivian Li is curatorial assistant of Asian art, Elliott Zooey Martin is curatorial assistant of contemporary art and special projects, Christine Starkman is curator of Asian art, Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, and Peter C. Marzio is director, all at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Marisa C. Sanchez is assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Seattle Art Museum.

E. C. KRUPP, Ph.D., is an astronomer and the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. The award-winning author of In Search of Ancient Astronomies, Echoes of the Ancient Skies and Beyond the Blue Horizon, Dr. Krupp writes the popular "Rambling Through the Night Skies" column for Sky & Telescope magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.

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