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James Turrell Art

James Turrell (UNITED STATES, B. 1943)

Emerging in the mid-1960s with the Southern California Light and Space movement, James Turrell (b. 1943) has devoted his career to artwork that challenges the limits of human perception. From his early experiments with geometric projections that transfigured space with light to the colossal decades-long undertaking of transforming an extinct volcano in northern Arizona into the immersive Roden Crater, he has strived to “create an experience of wordless thought” through his art.

An avid pilot as well as an artist, the Los Angeles native has long considered the sky to be his studio. Before creating his first light sculptures as a graduate student at the University of California at Irvine, he studied perceptual psychology and math at Pomona College. His practice has been an ongoing investigation of new techniques that would envelop viewers in light and color, whether through his research of optical phenomena related to sensory deprivation or his construction of complex architectural spaces that allow visitors to meditate on the materiality of light.

Most encounters with Turrell’s art are site-specific, such as his series of Skyspaces, which includes more than 80 chambers around the globe with apertures open to the sky. The shifts of daylight from sunrise to sunset make every moment in a Skyspace unique. To build his frequently monumental visions of space, light and color, he has also worked in far-flung corners of the planet, from the 1996 Celestial Vault — situated in an artificial crater in the Netherlands, where visitors can contemplate the contour where Earth meets sky — to the nine installations in the James Turrell Museum nestled in a remote vineyard in Argentina. Whether installations, prints, drawings, models or holograms, all of Turrell’s art has engaged with the wonder of light and how it shapes our observation of the world. 

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Aten Reign
By James Turrell
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Aten Reign is a 2015 archival pigment print by James Turrell that commemorates his large scale environmental installation that encompassed the entire atrium of the Guggenheim Museum ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary James Turrell Art

Materials

Archival Pigment

Raethro
By James Turrell
Located in Houston, TX
James Turrell Raethro, 1990 Aquatint 42 7/16 x 29 13/16 inches ed. 30 *This work is in excellent condition and has been framed according to all archival preparations.
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20th Century Contemporary James Turrell Art

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Etching

Gard
By James Turrell
Located in Houston, TX
James Turrell "Gard (First Light)" 1989-90 Aquatint 42 7/16 x 29 13/16 inches Ed. 30 Framed This work is in pristine condition and has been framed according to museum quality archiv...
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20th Century Abstract Geometric James Turrell Art

Materials

Etching, Aquatint

Sky-Space
By James Turrell
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: James Turrell Title: Sky Space Year: 2008 Medium: Conglomerate from the Austrian Mountain Mönschberg, with a wooden box Edition: 21/50, numbered on the nameplate, and in th...
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Early 2000s Conceptual James Turrell Art

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Cast Stone

First Light (Columns)
By James Turrell
Located in New York, NY
Portfolio: First Light Medium: Etching and aquatint Sheet Size: 42 1/2 x 30 inches, each Frame size: 45 1/2 x 33 inches, each Printer: Peter Kneubuhler, Zurich Publisher: Peter Blum ...
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1980s Contemporary James Turrell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

First Light (Parallelograms)
By James Turrell
Located in New York, NY
Portfolio: First Light Medium: Etching and aquatint Sheet Size: 42 1/2 x 30 inches, each Frame size: 45 1/2 x 33 inches, each Printer: Peter Kneubuhler, Zurich Publisher: Peter Blu...
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1980s Contemporary James Turrell Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Carn
By James Turrell
Located in Houston, TX
James Turrell Carn (Still Light portfolio), 1989-90 Aquatint 42 1/2 x 29 5/8 inches Ed. 30 Framed
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Geometric James Turrell Art

Materials

Etching, Aquatint

Corrected RC Site Plan, 1988/92
By James Turrell
Located in Houston, TX
James Turrell Corrected RC Site Plan, 1988/92 Ink on printed paper 35 x 45
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20th Century Contemporary James Turrell Art

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Felt Pen, Black and White

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