James Turrell: Light Spaces

June 7, 2014-October 18, 2014
Location: Nathan Cummings Building for Modern and Contemporary Art
Artist: James Turrell
Curator: The exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Curators: Michael Govan and Christine Y. Kim Curators-in-charge at the Israel Museum: Rita Kersting and Mira Lapidot

For almost fifty years, James Turrell, one of the giants of contemporary art, has been exploring the ways in which light is seen and experienced. Treating light as a material in his impressive and magical works, Turrell examines accepted conventions of consciousness and sight. In his spectacular installations, the spiritual and the technological intersect as light is framed, multiplied, altered, and isolated. The Israel Museum and Turrell have a long and successful relationship: the artist’s works were displayed at the Museum in 1982, and ten years later he created the sculpture Space That Sees for the Billy Rose Art Garden. Turrell’s current exhibition, Light Spaces, is based on the recent retrospective displayed at LACMA in honor of the artist’s seventieth birthday.


Raemar Pink White, 1969
Shallow Space, light installation, dimensions variable
Courtesy of Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles

Afrum (White), 1966
Cross Corner Projection, dimensions variable
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Partial Gift of Marc and Andrea Glimcher in honor of the appointment of Michael Govan as Chief Executive Officer and Wallis Annenberg Director and purchased with funds provided by David Bohnett and Tom Gregory through the 2008 Collectors Committee

James Turrell: Light Spaces, exhibition view

Artworks © James Turrell
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner