james turrell: a retrospective

James Turrell: A Retrospective

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Publisher:  DelMonico Books/Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ISBN: 9781636810799,  Format: Hardback, 250 x 300mm, 304pp


This comprehensive volume illuminates the origins and motivations of James Turrell's incredibly diverse and exciting body of work: everything from his Mendota studio days, to an in depth look at his monumental work-in-progress Roden Crater. Co-published with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the monograph is enhanced by thoughtful essays and an illuminating interview with the artist, and features specially commissioned new photography by Florian Holzherr.Whether he's projecting shapes on a flat wall or into the corner of a gallery space, James Turrell is perpetually asking us to "go inside and greet the light", evoking his Quaker upbringing. In fact, all of Turrell's work has been influenced by his life experiences with aviation, science, and psychology, and as a key player in Los Angeles's exploding art scene of the 1960s.

This publication delves into every aspect of Turrell's practice: from his early geometric light projections, prints, and drawings, through his installations exploring sensory deprivation and seemingly unmodulated fields of coloured light, to recent two-dimensional experiments with holograms. It also features an in-depth look at Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention into the landscape near Flagstaff, Arizona, which will be presented through models, plans, photographs, and drawings. Fans of this highly influential artist will find much to savour in this wide-ranging and beautiful book. Co-published with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the major touring retrospective and concurrent exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.