Photograph: Christo Crocker. Copyright Stuart Ringholt. I was dared to go to this exhibition.
The dignified halls of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra are an unconventional space to wear your birthday suit. But here we are, on Wednesday evening, 50 art lovers disrobing with quiet, private trepidation. I too begin to strip: the dress comes off, the underwear soon after — until I stand, breasts, bum and bush in the breeze.
Since the s, James Turrell, the year-old American artist who studied perceptual psychology, has been fixated on light and all the ways he can manipulate it with space and color. An avid pilot with a lifelong fascination in merging earth and sky, Turrell considers his studio and canvas the sky, his medium pure light. The artist is best known for his Skyspaces, chambers open to the heavens through an aperture in the ceiling.
Installation artist and MacArthur Fellowship recipient James Turrell has spent nearly half a century pioneering the use of light as a medium. Trained in perceptual psychology and fascinated with illumination, he has completed numerous works that that explore the mixing of interior and exterior space combined with color, light, and the passage of time. His famous Skyspaces, which create an open aperture to the sky, are located in some of the world's most culturally and environmentally significant places and investigate how color affects the human experience. InTurrell began a project at Roden Crateran extinct volcano in northern Arizona.
James Turrell is organized by the Solomon R. Levinson, and those who wish to remain anonymous. Introduction Since the s, James Turrell has created an expansive body of work that offers profound revelations about perception and the materiality of light.
Standing on the rim of an ancient volcanic crater in northern Arizona, with the Painted Desert as a spectacular backdrop, James Turrell surveys all he has wrought. For a quarter of a century, this year-old artist has been transforming the crater into an immense naked-eye observatory. It is a modern counterpart of sites such as Newgrange in Ireland and Abu Simbel in Egypt, where earlier civilizations watched celestial events with both curiosity and awe.
Roden Crater, located in the Painted Desert region of Northern Arizona, is an unprecedented large-scale artwork created within a volcanic cinder cone by light and space artist James Turrell. It takes its place within the tradition of American landscape art that began in the s, requiring a journey to visit the work in the remote desert with truly dark night skies. While minimally invasive to the external natural landscape, internally the red and black cinder has been transformed into special engineered spaces where the cycles of geologic and celestial time can be directly experienced.
Today, Pace Gallery opens the first show in its new Palo Alto outpost with a solo exhibition by one of California's most iconic artists, James Turrell. The year-old master of light manipulation began creating art in the late 60s, but his cult status was cemented inwhen three major American institutions — the LACMA, Guggenheim, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston — ran concurrent career retrospectives. Turrell's artworks are products of his expertise in physics, geology, mathematics, astronomy, and perceptual psychology for which he holds a bachelor's degreebut they also assume a nearly indescribable spiritual dimension — he injects celestial bodies with a heavenly technicolor glow; he brings the cosmos down to Earth. While we marvel over his newest pieces, discover five things you might not know about one of America's most vibrant dreamers.
At first, the trend of ogling masterpieces in the buff seems like a cleverly planned gimmick -- a promotional ploy aimed at upping the ante of arts coverage across the internet. But when you speak to artist Stuart Ringholt, someone who's currently hosting nude art tours at Australia's National Gallery of Art in Canberrathe concept of skyclad art viewing makes a bit more sense. The National Gallery recently joined the surprisingly long list of museums who've begun catering to the nudist and naturist communities.
Turrell was a MacArthur Fellow in Turrell is best known for his work in progress, Roden Cratera natural cinder cone crater located outside Flagstaff, Arizonathat he is turning into a massive naked-eye observatory. James Turrell was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Margaret Hodges Turrell,  trained as a medical doctor and later worked in the Peace Corps.