NGA presents James Turrell: A Retrospective

Start Date: 13 Dec 2014

End Date: 08 Jun 2015

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James Turrell
Sight unseen 2013

Ganzfeld: LED light
Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese (Italy) 
© James Turrell
photograph © Florian Holzherr

The National Gallery of Australia presents James Turrell: A Retrospective, their standout summer exhibition for 2014 - 2015. Turrell's powerful work comprises a range of immersive installations, dealing primarily with the themes of light and colour. The artist's work Within without 2010, the Skyspace is a permanent installation at the National Gallery of Australia.

James Turrell says, "I grew up seeing the work of great artists who painted the effects of light, such as Monet and the Hudson River School in America, but I wanted my work to be made of light itself. I am very pleased to bring this survey to Australia. On my first trip to Canberra in 1997, I was impressed with the clarity of light there and the vastness of the southern skies."

"I think of the Skyspaces all around the world as a continuum, an experience that is continuing at all times, so I am delighted people who come to Within without will also see it in context of my other works, early projection pieces, Wedgeworks, Ganzfelds and others."

With an enduring career lasting almost 50 years, Turrell's work has featured in 140 solo exhibitions internationally. This is Turrell’s first exhibition in Australia, following three highly successful shows in the US. Turrell's recent show at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, is the highest attended exhibition ever held by the iconic site, while a season at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) was sold out. The National Gallery of Australia’s retrospective combines works from Turrell's LACMA tour with several new installations created specifically for Canberra.

The exhibition opens to the public on 13 December and will be on display only in Canberra.

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