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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (April 11 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791352636
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791352633
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 3.8 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Copublished with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the major touring retrospective and concurrent exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this comprehensive volume illuminates the origins and motivations of James Turrell's incredibly diverse and exciting body of work--from his Mendota studio days to his monumental work-in-progress Roden Crater. Fans of this highly influential artist will find much to savor in this wide-ranging and beautiful book, featuring specially commissioned new photography by Florian Holzherr.

About the Author

Tiffany Bell has served as project director of the Dan Flavin catalogue raisonne since 1998; Michael Govan is director of Dia Art Foundation; Earl A. Powell III is director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Brydon Smith is former curator of twentieth-century art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Jeffrey Weiss is head of the department of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Christine Y. Kim has been Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, since 2009. With Michael Govan, she co-organized James Turrell: A Retrospective (2013), which won first place in the International Art Critics Association (AICA-USA) annual exhibition awards in 2014. She has also organized Teresa Margolles (2010), an outdoor sculpture project in collaboration with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), a non-profit organization for public art that she co-founded in 2009; and Christian Marclay: The Clock (2011). Kim was previously Associate Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she organized the exhibitions Black Belt (2003), Philosophy of Time Travel (2007), Flow (2008), and Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage; Africa, Lagos‒Dakar (2008), among others. Recently, she has been a guest curator of Art Public 2011 and Art Public 2012 at the Bass Museum for Art, Art Basel Miami Beach, and a curatorial adviser to Prospect.3, New Orleans (2014). In 2010 Kim won the New Leadership Award from ArtTable. She has received curatorial and research grants from the Turkish Cultural Institute (1999), The American Center Foundation (2002), Cultural Services of the French Embassy (2007), the Japan Foundation (2011), and Artis (2013).

CAROL S. ELIEL is Curator of Modern Art, LACMA. She was educated at Yale and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

Alison de Lima Greene is curator of contemporary art and special projects, Vivian Li is curatorial assistant of Asian art, Elliott Zooey Martin is curatorial assistant of contemporary art and special projects, Christine Starkman is curator of Asian art, Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, and Peter C. Marzio is director, all at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Marisa C. Sanchez is assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Seattle Art Museum.


E. C. KRUPP, Ph.D., is an astronomer and the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. The award-winning author of In Search of Ancient Astronomies, Echoes of the Ancient Skies and Beyond the Blue Horizon, Dr. Krupp writes the popular "Rambling Through the Night Skies" column for Sky & Telescope magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE book on James Turrell May 20 2013
By Jeremy Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the catalogue for a major, year-long retrospective on James Turrell at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art starting in May of 2013. The book is co-authored by LACMA's dynamo director and major Turrell supporter Michael Govan. It is by far the best collection on Turrell's work to date and I highly recommend not only purchasing the book but visiting the museum exhibition, which seems like a blockbuster.

To be honest, and I think the authors would agree, any book on Turrell, no matter how great, can't capture the wondrous quality of experiencing his works firsthand, but this book does a spectacular job of exposing the reader to the breadth of Turrell's vision. Like his work, the book takes time and patient attention to absorb and appreciate. A book for a quiet and contemplative day.

One glaring weakness of the book is the quizzical lack of an index.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinite Light, Indeterminable Space May 29 2014
By Crystal Dragonfly MFA - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this book for many reasons. First it is loaded with images of the artist’s artwork! Equally important – the size of the book is adequate enough that the images have impact, plus the color prints are high quality. When dealing with the subject of artwork that is “made of light” this is of upmost importance. The first article in the book, “Inner Light” by Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles museum, sets the tone for the book and the articles and interviews that follow expand on the theme: “I liken it to walking through the looking glass” he states. – - and since I had the opportunity to visit the retrospective at the Los Angeles Museum, I can vouch for that statement. After experiencing the “Light Installations” of James Turrell, I will never look at light in the same way.
I wanted a book that would be meaningful to my visit to the Museum, one that would add to my experience and enlighten me about the genius behind the work. This book did not disappoint me! It is broken into chapters each beginning with a meaningful quote from the artist. Browsing through the book is like moving through a good museum show. The art that you see is in put into historic context of the artist and his medium. You become engaged in the artwork while the descriptive words shift in hue and intensity as you move through the book, letting the images and the meaning absorb you. If you have seen James Turrell’s work in person, you’ll appreciate the quality of this volume. If you have not seen his artwork, this is a really good introduction to one of the most amazing artist’s of this Century.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurray Aug. 30 2013
By Marcus Aurelius - Published on Amazon.com
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Hurray, finally a comprehensive retrospective of Turrell's work. And physically, the catalog's layout and photographs are beautiful. This is another outstanding contribution from LACMA to the history of American art. A refreshing addition to our knowledge of this West Coast movement that has been marginalized or ignored by major East Coast Museums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on Turrell. Aug. 12 2013
By Adam J. Southerland - Published on Amazon.com
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I just returned from the LACMA third of Turrell's current, three museum retrospective. I first thumbed through this book in the museum, as it was provided for reference inside one of the video rooms of the exhibit.

It is most beautifully done. The use of color from chapter to chapter is a tasteful homage to the artist. Buy this book!

And do yourself a favor, make it to LACMA before it's over. Turrell is, in my opinion, the most profound living artist. It is a gift to be alive at the same time and experience his spaces and work all around the world.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Feb. 12 2014
By 1008 - Published on Amazon.com
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I went to the Guggenheim retrospective in nyc, but wasn't able to visit Houston's or LA's concurrent retrospectives. I lusted after this, but it was too big to fit in my suitcase. I bought this as a gift for my mother who made the journey to NY just for the show. She adored the book. It is fantastic to see the other work and to better understand the context following the experience in the Guggenheim. His poetic description of light is clearly influenced by much deeper insight.


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