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ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance Ocula Report ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance 17 November 201817 Nov 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Nigeria's art scene has flourished over the last decade, leading to a renewed interest in cultivating and supporting modern and contemporary art in the country. Ranked Africa's largest economy in 2017, making up 0.8 percent of the world's GDP, a surge in wealth amongst some individuals has led to a developing collector base (not to mention rising...

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Cao Fei Ocula Conversation Cao Fei Artist

Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional exhibition in Asia, A hollow in a world too full (8 September 2018–4 January 2019), is taking place at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong, the city's new non-profit art centre housed in a former colonial police and prison complex in Central. Organised in collaboration with Ullens Center for Contemporary Art...

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Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 Ocula Report Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 17 November 201817 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

The last time I visited West Bund Art & Design was four years ago, when the fair was in its first year of operation: a small, boutique offering held in a cavernous hangar that seemed too big for it. Much has changed since then. Mirroring the rapid development of the city itself, West Bund has grown from 25 galleries in 2014 to a fair that...

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James Turrell was born in Los Angeles in 1943. His undergraduate studies at Pomona College focused on psychology and mathematics; only later, in graduate school, did he pursue art, receiving an MFA from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. Turrell’s work involves explorations in light and space that speak to viewers without words, impacting the eye, body, and mind with the force of a spiritual awakening.
“I want to create an atmosphere that can be consciously plumbed with seeing,” says the artist,
“like the wordless thought that comes from looking in a fire.”
Informed by his studies in perceptual psychology and optical illusions, Turrell’s work allows us to see ourselves “seeing.” Whether harnessing the light at sunset or transforming the glow of a television set into a fluctuating portal, Turrell’s art places viewers in a realm of pure experience.

Situated near the Grand Canyon and Arizona’s Painted Desert is Roden Crater, an extinct volcano the artist has been transforming into a celestial observatory for the past thirty years. Working with cosmological phenomena that have interested man since the dawn of civilization and have prompted responses such as Stonehenge and the Mayan calendar, Turrell’s crater brings the heavens down to earth, linking the actions of people with the movements of planets and distant galaxies. His fascination with the phenomena of light is ultimately connected to a very personal, inward search for mankind’s place in the universe. Influenced by his Quaker faith, which he characterizes as having a “straightforward, strict presentation of the sublime,” Turrell’s art prompts greater self-awareness through a similar discipline of silent contemplation, patience, and meditation. His ethereal installations enlist the common properties of light to communicate feelings of transcendence and the divine.

Turrell's work is represented in numerous public collections including the Tate Modern, London; the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; 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; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Hansol Museum, Wonju, Verese (Italy) Panza Foundation.

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Suite from Aten Reign by James Turrell contemporary artwork James TurrellSuite from Aten Reign, 2014–2015 Ukiyo-e Japanese style woodcut and relief
71.1 x 50.8 cm (incl frame)
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Suite from Aten Reign by James Turrell contemporary artwork James TurrellSuite from Aten Reign, 2014 Suite of three aquatint etchings
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Elliptical Wide Glass by James Turrell contemporary artwork James TurrellElliptical Wide Glass, 2014 L.E.D. light, etched glass and shallow space, runtime, 2 hrs 30 mins
128.9 x 208.9 cm
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From the Guggenheim, Set M, Red Large Vertical by James Turrell contemporary artwork James TurrellFrom the Guggenheim, Set M, Red Large Vertical, 2013 Three unique archival ink jet prints, artist designed frame
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From the Guggenheim, Set M, Blue Small Vertical by James Turrell contemporary artwork James TurrellFrom the Guggenheim, Set M, Blue Small Vertical, 2013 Three unique archival ink jet prints, artist designed frame
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From the Guggenheim, Set M, Red Small Vertical by James Turrell contemporary artwork James TurrellFrom the Guggenheim, Set M, Red Small Vertical, 2013 Unique archival ink jet, artist designed frame
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Medium Diamond Glass by James Turrell contemporary artwork James TurrellMedium Diamond Glass, 2017 L.E.D. light, etched glass and shallow space
137.2 x 137.2 cm
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Small Glass by James Turrell contemporary artwork James TurrellSmall Glass, 2017 L.E.D. light, etched glass and shallow space
49.8 x 69.9 cm
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Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, James Turrell, James Turrell at Kayne Griffin Corcoran,
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24 May–25 August 2018 James Turrell James TurrellKayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, The Queen Falls. at Galería OMR,
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7 February–25 March 2017 Group Show The Queen Falls.Galería OMR, Mexico City
Contemporary art exhibition, James Turrell, Double Stuck, 1970 at Galería OMR,
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4 February–15 March 2014 James Turrell Double Stuck, 1970Galería OMR, Mexico City

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Berlin, Boners and Brecht Ocula Report Berlin, Boners and Brecht 7 June 20167 Jun 2016 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

Apparently my timing sucks. One week too late for Berlin Gallery Weekend, and one month too early for the Berlin Biennale. ‘You should have been here last weekend for Berlin Gallery Weekend!’ a Berliner friend exclaimed. ‘Everyone was having orgies at Soho House! It was the best art world networking!’ I shifted...

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GOMA Finally Switches On its Massive James Turrell Light Installation Related Press GOMA Finally Switches On its Massive James Turrell Light Installation Broadsheet : 14 July 2018

The long-awaited James Turrell light installation has finally launched at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.The gallery threw the switch on the Night Life 2018 last night. It will now illuminate the eastern and southern façades of GOMA every evening, with shifting patterns of coloured light from sunset to midnight.

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MASS MoCA: It’s a Site for All Eyes Related Press MASS MoCA: It’s a Site for All Eyes The New York Times : 15 June 2017

MASS MoCA, the vast, multibuilding museum of contemporary art here, is a weird and wonderful place. For one, the dominance of brick walls, wood floors, big windows and frequent columns of its repurposed 19th-century factory buildings is the apotheosis of SoHo, whose small-industry loft spaces were taken over by commercial art galleries in the...

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A Journey Through James Turrell’s Disorienting World at the Newly Expanded MASS MoCA Related Press A Journey Through James Turrell’s Disorienting World at the Newly Expanded MASS MoCA Hyperallergic : 14 June 2017

Light can be bright and dull, clear and murky, or velvety and abrasive. In James Turrell's Perfectly Clear (1991), the viewer is subjected to an electromagnetic storm, a cascade of colors: rose, magenta, turquoise. Here, the medium is light, or, rather, the human optical-neurological apparatus that apprehends light. After putting on shoe covers,...

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A Museum Where Giant Art Has Room to Breathe Related Press A Museum Where Giant Art Has Room to Breathe The New York Times : 26 May 2017

The master plan for MASS MoCA in 1986 was a wildly ambitious dream: to simultaneously rehabilitate all 28 buildings of a shuttered 19th-century factory in this depressed Berkshire County town for the long-term display of monumental art installations.

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James Turrell: Gathered Sky Related Video & Audio James Turrell: Gathered Sky NOWNESS / 23 September 2014 : 9 December 2014

An introspective James Turrell invites you to surrender under the immateriality of light with "Gathered Sky," a spellbinding permanent installation in Beijing's Temple Hotel. Three decades after turning the Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in Arizona, into a celestial work of art that was recently exhibited at the Guggenheim and Los...

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