James Turrell Resculpts the Guggenheim with Light

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James Turrell “Aten Reign” 2013, set up view, © James Turrell. Photograph: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Basis, New York

This summer time, James Turrell has reworked the Guggenheim right into a jaw-dropping, neck-cranking, ever-shifting expertise with mild and area.

Turrell has re-sculpted the huge inside of the long-lasting rotunda with tiers of white material over unseen scaffolding. Unsagging and seamless, the perfection of the fabric permits the physicality of the sunshine to develop into the first focus as each pure and LED lights shift from one shade to the subsequent on the velocity of a sundown. This piece, titled Aten Reign, is totally immersive, altering not simply the 6-story ceiling, however altering your whole notion of the world round you (at moments I forgot what “white” seemed like).

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James Turrell “Aten Reign” 2013, set up view, © James Turrell. Photograph: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Basis, New York

James Turrell Resculpts the Guggenheim with Light in main art Category

James Turrell “Aten Reign” 2013, set up view, © James Turrell. Photograph: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Basis, New York

Turrell isn’t the primary to rethink the Guggenheim. Although one of the visited museums on the earth, it’s mockingly one of many worst areas to truly view artwork. If the curved partitions, low ceilings, blinding home windows (typically coated) and power-draining incline weren’t dangerous sufficient, the view from the foyer is so unimaginable that it eclipses the expertise of any exhibition seen instantly after it. Any try by an artist or curator to disregard or battle the dominance of the structure is just overshadowed. Profitable exhibitions in recent times have discovered distinctive methods to collaborate with the construction. Sensible examples embrace Maurizio Cattelan’s hanging retrospective, or Tino Sehal’s exhibition of nothing in any respect.

However James Turrell has carried out one thing much more superb. He hasn’t rethought his personal artwork within the shadow (or curve) of the Guggenheim, he has USED the constructing like a tube of paint. It’s as if the constructing was truly constructed FOR James Turrell, who for many years has been encouraging artwork viewers to lookup in his “skyspaces.” (One is on everlasting view at P.S.1. in Queens).

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James Turrell “Aten Reign” 2013, set up view, © James Turrell. Photograph: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Basis, New York

James Turrell Resculpts the Guggenheim with Light in main art Category

James Turrell “Aten Reign” 2013, set up view, © James Turrell. Photograph: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Basis, New York

James Turrell Resculpts the Guggenheim with Light in main art Category

James Turrell “Aten Reign” 2013, set up view, © James Turrell. Photograph: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Basis, New York

Guests who stroll up the long-lasting curved ramp, now sandwiched between the unique and short-term partitions of Frank Lloyd Wright and James Turrell, will discover one other unusual work within the highest exhibition room. That piece is titled Iltar and consists of two rooms with an oblong opening between them. The room by which the viewer stands is lit, and the opposite just isn’t (besides by the ambient mild of the primary room). Forbidden from too intently approaching, area turns into matter as the opening is perceived as a two-dimensional gray rectangle painted on the wall. Whereas the huge Aten Reign exaggerates your depth notion in a sluggish explosion of saturated colour, Iltar utterly collapses it in a world of gray.

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James Turrell, “Iltar”, 1976, © James Turrell, Photograph: Set up view on the College of Arizona Museum of Artwork, Tucson, 1980, courtesy of the artist

In case you are close to New York Metropolis this summer time, don’t miss it. One phrase of recommendation: Resulting from decreased capability and the will to remain for hours, there could also be extraordinarily lengthy strains. To save lots of a considerable quantity of wait time, pre-buy your tickets on-line right here (ticket holders are given a separate and quicker line) and get there simply earlier than the museum opens at 10am.

What: James TurrellWhere: The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 fifth Avenue, New York, NYWhen: June 21 – September 25, 2013

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