James Turrell is an American artist whose groundbreaking works exploring space and light in the 1960s earned him a cult following, critical acclaim and the prominence of being one of the most prolific members of the Southern California Light and Space movement.
Turrell and his illuminating oeuvre was honoured at LACMA’s 2015 Art+Film Gala on November 7th, alongside filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. The gala, which was presented by Gucci and co-chaired by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, welcomed Turrell into a fabulous alumni of honourees including David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Stanley Kubrick, Barbara Kruger and Clint Eastwood. The money raised goes straight to LACMA’s initiatives to support the museum’s involvement in the art and film world, and to fund its screenings and educational programming. His ongoing installation, Breathing Light, is currently on show at the Resnick Pavilion at LACMA.