James Turrell @LACMA.

At the end of last year, Anka and I went to LACMA and saw James Turrell: A Retrospective.

I won’t lie and pretend I knew who Turrell was. I heard about him for the first time a few weeks before visiting the show. I really didn’t know what to expect and it was certainly not what we saw!

If you go to James Turrell’s website and head over to his introduction page, you will find the following quote about his work:

“I make spaces that apprehend light for our perception, and in some ways gather it, or seem to hold it…my work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing.”
— James Turrell

If I had to put it in a “James Turrell for Dummies” kind of way, Turrell plays with light and spaces. When you view one of his installations you are fully immersed in the experience. The feeling of being drawn to this color, this emptiness is both mesmerizing and somewhat frightening.

If you are in LA, I can only recommend you go experience this show for yourself. These photos don’t do Turrell’s work any justice. They certainly don’t convey the feeling you have when you see them in person.


James Turrell: A Retrospective 
BCAM, Level 2 and Resnick Pavilion
May 26, 2013–April 6, 2014
US$25.-  (reserved tickets strongly recommended)


If you are lucky enough to make it, please let me know what your experience was like.


All photos in this post are ©jamesturrell.com.

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