James Turrell lives and works in Flagstaff (Arizona/ US).
James Turrell was born in 1943 in Los Angeles as the son of devout Quaker parents. By the age of 16, he had already acquired a pilot’s license and shown a deep curiosity for the sky. While having initially studied Psychology and Mathematics at Pomona College, he ultimately graduated from his studies in Art at the Claremont Graduate School in California in 1973. Since the 1960s, Turrell has been conceptualizing Lightrooms, predominately as big cubes with openings to the sky, often in buildings specifically constructed for the purpose. At the Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in the desert of Arizona, James Turrell initiated the biggest manmade piece of art in history. Taking into consideration astronomical calculations, he constructed a web of Skyspaces in the center of the crater, in which natural and artificial light unite to create a unique sensual experience. The Skyspace-Lech also follows this artistic conception.
In Vorarlberg, one of James Turrell’s spectacular light installations was already visible on the glass facade of the Kunsthaus Bregenz. More specifically, in 1997, he lit up the museum building designed by the renowned architect Peter Zumthor as a lighthouse of Art.
About 15 years later, in 2013, the artist transformed the Salamon R. Guggenheim museum in New York into an atmospheric light room with his artwork “Aten Reign”. Large scale retrospectives followed in the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA) and the National Gallery of Australia (2014).
In 2018, a James Turrell exhibition is scheduled in the Frieder Burda museum in Baden-Baden, from the 9th of June until the 28th of October.