LAST LOOK | JAMES TURRELL’S RAINBOW LIGHTSCAPES AT LACMA

March 18, 2014  |  art

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On display at LACMA until April 6th, James Turrell: A Retrospective explores nearly fifty years in the career of LA native James Turrell, a key artist in the Southern California Light and Space movement of the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition  includes early geometric light projections, prints and drawings, installations exploring sensory deprivation and seemingly unmodulated fields of colored light, and recent two-dimensional work with holograms. One section is devoted to the Turrell masterwork in process, Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention into the landscape just outside Flagstaff, Arizona, presented through models, plans, photographs, and films.  For Turrel, in his own words, "light is not the bearer of revelation—it is the revelation." A fact made abundantly clear in the totally immersive lightscapes on display that swallow viewers in an atmosphere as deeply colored as a dye bath, overloading the senses in the process. It's an essential experience and for those who have never experienced Turrell in person, one that should not be missed...

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James Turrell goes toward the light at LACMA

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