James Turrell (American, b.1943) was born on May 6, 1943, in Los Angeles, CA, to Quaker parents. When he was 16 years old, Turrell earned a pilot’s licence, and he went on to fly supplies to mine sites in remote areas. In 1961, the artist graduated from Pasadena High School. He earned a BA in Psychology from Pomona College in 1965, and went on to obtain an MA in Art from Claremont Graduate School.

Turrell is known to be primarily concerned with space and light in his work. In 1966, the artist began to experiment with light at the Mendota Hotel. During this time period, a Light and Space group of Los Angeles artists was beginning to rise to fame. This group included artists such as Doug Wheeler (American, b.1939) and Robert Irwin (American, b.1928).

Turrell has received various prestigious honors throughout his career. In 1974, the artist was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1991, he was honored with the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France. Turrell’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. He has exhibited at Gagosian Gallery, in London, UK, MoMA PS1, in New York, NY, Museum für Moderne Kunst, in Frankfurt, Germany, and more. The artist currently lives and works in Flagstaff, AZ.


Born May 6, 1943, Los Angeles, California
Graduated from the Pasadena High School
Earned a BA in Psychology from the Pomona College
Enrolled in Art Graduate Studies at the University of California in Irvine, CA, USA
Earned a MA in Art from the Claremont Graduate School
Received the Guggenheim Fellowship
Received the Matching Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Received the Visual Arts Fellowship from the Arizona Commission for the Arts and Humanities
Received the Lumen Award from the New-York Section Illuminating Engineering Society with the International Association of Lighting Designers
Received the Katherine T. and John D. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
Received the 'Bessie' Award in New-York, for best collaboration with a Dance Company
Became Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, France
Received the Freidrich Prize in Frankfurt, Germany
Received the Skowhegan Award for Sculpture
Received the Governor’s Arts Award as Artist of the Year, Arizona
Received the Wolf Prize from the Wolf Foundation, Israel
Became Honorary Doctor of Arts at the Chicago Art Institute
Received the Grande Médailles d'argent in Arts Plastiques from the Fondation Académie d'Architecture, Paris, France
Became Artist of the Year for the Scottsdale Cultural Arts Council, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Received a Honorary Doctorate from the Claremont Graduate School, California
Received the Jefferson Medal in Architecture, University of Virginia, USA
Received a Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Academy of Art, London, England
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Claremont graduate University, California, USA
He currently lives and works in Flagstaff, Arizona


A Retrospective, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA (solo exhibition)
James Turrell Exhibitions 2013
A Retrospective, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (solo exhibition)
A Retrospective, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA (solo exhibition)
James Turrell Exhibitions 2012
Twilight Epiphany, Skyspace, Rice University Houston, USA
Dissecting Nature, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973 (Part 3), Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Prints, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
James Turrell Exhibitions 2011:
See! Color!, der Vidar Foundation, Järna, Sweden (solo exhibition)
September 11, MoMA PS1, New York, NY, USA
Highlights of the Peter Blum Edition Archive, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, USA
Venice in Venice, Nyehaus, New York, NY, USA
APANI, Arsenale, Venice Biennale, Italy
Present Tense, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Santa Monica, CA (solo exhibition)
James Turrell Exhibitions 2010:
James Turrell, Gagosian Gallery, London, England (solo exhibition)
ColorForms, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
James Turrell Exhibitions 2009:
Dynamic Light Installation, Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen, Germany
The Wolfsburg Project, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
James Turrell - Geometrie des Lichts, Zentrum für Lichtkunst Unna, Germany
Time & Place: Los Angeles, 1958-1968, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland
James Turrell Exhibitions 2008:
James Turrell, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, USA
Time & Place: Los Angeles, 1958-1968, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
James Turrell, Pomona College, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA, USA
James Turrell - A Life in Light, Louise T Blouin Foundation, London (England)
James Turrell, Underground Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire (England)
James Turrell Exhibitions 2004:
Art 35 Basel, sant H10, June 16-21. (solo exhibition)
Brainstorming, topographie de la morale, Centre national d’art et du paysage,Vassivière en Limousin, France (20.03 - 27.06.2004). (solo exhibition)
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, USA (05.03 - 16.05). (solo exhibition)
Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York, USA (03.12.2003 - 10.01.2004). (solo exhibition)
Kunsthaus Zug, Zug, Suisse (30.11.2003 - 29.02.2004). (solo exhibition)
James Turrell Exhibitions 2003:
Galerie Cheryl Haines, San Francisco, USA, 4 septembre - 18 octobre. (solo exhibition)
Paik Hae Young Gallery & Galerie PKM, Seoul, Corée du Sud, du 30/10 au 31/11. (solo exhibition)
Inauguration du siège de la caisse des dépôts et Consignations dans le cadre de Nuit Blanche, Quai d'Austerlitz, Paris, France (4/5 octobre). (solo exhibition)
James Turrell : into the light, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, USA (2 juin 2002 - 30 avril 2003)
Sonoma County Museum, Californie, USA. (solo exhibition)
Nasher Sculpture Park, Dallas, Texas, USA, octobre – novembre
Mind Space, Galerie HoAm/ Sam Sung Museum, Seoul, South Korea, 28/02-18/05
Galerie Henry Art, Seattle, Washington, USA
James Turrell Exhibitions 2002:
Moon and Architecture, INAX Gallery 1, Tokyo, Japan, December 7, 2001 to February 23, 2002
The Magic of Light, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, February 1 to May 19, 2002
Moon and Architecture, INAX Gallery Osaka, Osaka, Japan, , March 7 to May 24
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, 9 mars - 13 juillet. (solo exhibition)
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C, USA. (solo exhibition)
Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London, England. (solo exhibition)
The Autonomous Spaces,Galerie Ace, Los Angeles, USA. (solo exhibition)
James Turrell Exhibitions 2001:
Changing Perceptions: The Panza Collection at the Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, November 16, 2000 to April 22, 2001
Collaborations with Parkett: 1984 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, April 3, to June 5, 2001. (Catalogue)
Infinite Light, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, February 11 to June 3, 2001. (Installations, Models, Drawings, Permanent Installation
James Turrell Exhibitions 2000:
Inventional, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California, August 11, 2000 to September 16, 2000
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Echigo-Tsumari Region, July 20, 2000 to September 10, 2000
The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, September to February 2000
Lux et Tenebrae, Peter Blum Edition, Blumarts Inc. New York, New York, June 17, 2000 to September 9, 2000. (Prints)
Arte Californiana della Collezione Panza al Museo Guggenheim, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia, Italy, September 1 to December, 2000. (Installation)
James Turrell Exhibitions 1999:
Regarding Beauty, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., October 7 to January 17, 2000. (Installation, Catalogue)
The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, September to February 2000. (Photographs, Catalogue)
Sunshine & Noir, Art in Los Angeles 1960-1997, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, September 16 to January 3, 1999. (Installation, Catalogue)
James Turrell Exhibitions 1997:
Sunshine & Noir, Art in Los Angeles 1960-1997, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, November 15, 1997 to February 1, 1998 (Installation, Catalogue)
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, New York, January 18 to March 2, 1997 (Installation)
Galerie Michele Chomette, Paris, France, January 18 to March 16, 1996
James Turrell Exhibitions 1995:
After Art: Rethinking 150 Years of Photography, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington(Catalogue)
Portside Gallery, Yokohama, Japan, March 17 to May 17, 1995
Contemplation, 95 Joong-Ang Special Exhibition, Ho-Am Art Galerie, Seoul, Korea, September 25 to October 20, 1995. (Installation)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, February 10 to April 30, 1995. (Installation)
Foundation Cartier; a Collection, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, January 25 to March 12, 1995. (Installation)
James Turrell Exhibitions 1994:
Painting and Sculpture: Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, June 16 to September 11, 1994. (Installation)
Roden Crater: Realizing a Vision, Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, March 10 to April 9, 1994. (Drawings, Prints, Hologram)
Gemini Editions Limited Collection, Recent Prints and Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June to October 2, 1994. (Catalogue)
Differentes Natures, La Defense, Paris, France, June 25 to November 1, 1993. (Drawings, Photos, Models)
Universidad Internacional Menedez y Pelayo, Santander, Spain, July 31 to September 8, 1991, catalogue. (Installation)
Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany, June 7, 1991. (Permanent Installation)
Le Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 29 to July 22, 1990. (Installation)
Ace Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California, “The Innovators / Entering the Sculpture,” October 14 to November 25, 1989. (Installation)


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