new york: james turrell

© james turrell - rendering for aten reign [2013] - site-specific installation at the guggenheim museum, new york city

while a retrospective of his work is currently held in los angeles, american artist james turrell now also gains the limelight with a show on the u.s. east coast. opening fri - jun 21 at the guggenheim museum in new york is a show which focuses on the turrell’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, colour, and space, and with a special focus on the role of site-specificity in his practice. this is the artist's first show in the city since 1980, and one that makes wonderful use of the museum's iconic structure.

at the very core of the show is aten reign [2013], a major new project that recasts the museum's rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light. the installation reimagines frank lloyd wright’s architecture as one of turrell’s skyspaces, referencing in particular his ongoing project and magnum opus, roden crater. additionally, other works from throughout the artist’s career will be displayed in the museum’s annex level galleries, offering a complement and counterpoint to the new work in the rotunda. location: 1071 fifth avenue [upper east north].

© james turrell - rendering for aten reign [2013] and afrum i (white) [1967] - photo: david heald