James Turrell: A Retrospective

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Dec. 13, 2014 - June 8, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

James Turrell Raemar pink white 1969 Shallow space construction: fluorescent light Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles © James Turrell photograph © Florian Holzherr

This exhibition follows three highly successful shows throughout 2013—at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Guggenheim in New York. It brings together works from LACMA's tour, with spectacular installations purpose-built for Canberra, drawings, prints and photographs. This is contemporary art like you've never seen before and promises an experience not to be missed.

Light and perception

"From his first built spaces at the Mendota Hotel, California, through to the elaborate construction phases at Roden Crater, Arizona, James Turrell's art is now found all around the globe. Within without2010, the Skyspace at the National Gallery of Australia, has rapidly become one of its most treasured works, with visitors marvelling at the monumentally of the space and the daytime light effects, or scheduling an experience of the dawn and dusk cycles. The Gallery's summer show for 2014–15, James Turrell: a retrospective, placesWithin without in context, offering a survey of the American artist's oeuvre over almost five decades.

Working with light and perception, Turrell makes site-specific, architectural projects, interior installations, projection works, holograms, drawings, prints, photographs and ceramic ware. The artist tells, as a child, of being captivated by the glow of a nightlight, of beginning to question whether darkness should be feared, of piercing holes in a blackout curtain to form a 'map' of the constellations above."

Lucina Ward
Curator, International Painting and Sculpture

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