Los Angeles, California, b. 1943
James Turrell is a pioneer in the artistic exploration of light and space. His installations and architecture play with the perception of these two basic elements, ulitizing vivid, colorsoaked fields set against flat, geometric shapes. His masterwork, Roden Crater, is an architectural marvel set inside a crater in remote Arizona. Here, the sky is framed by a series of ceiling apertures that float surreally overhead.
Turrell's work can be found in the collections of the Tate Modern, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the de Young Museum, San Francisco.