James Turrell
West Façade Illumination, 2015
Photo: Hugo Glendinning. Image courtesy of the artist and Houghton Hall
Hugo Glendinning James Turrell West Façade Illumination, 2015 Photo: Hugo Glendinning. Image courtesy of the artist and Houghton Hall

American artist James Turrell's latest work is currently on view at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, United Kingdom through Oct. 24, 2015. The exhibition titled Lightscape: James Turrell at Houghton features a site-specific light work that illuminates the west façade of Houghton in a 45-minute light show.

In addition to ‘The Illumination’, the exhibit includes two other works installed at Houghton, the 'Skyspace' Seldom Seen, 2004 and ‘Space Division’, St. Elmo’s Breath, 1992, which is situated in an 18th century water tower on the park’s grounds. The exhibit also includes some of Turrell’s light projections from the 1960s, holograms, and a work from the ‘Tall Glass’ series. 


James Turrell
Seldom Seen, 2002
Skyspace
© James Turrell. Photo: Peter Huggins
James Turrell Seldom Seen, 2002 Skyspace © James Turrell. Photo: Peter Huggins
James Turrell
First Light, 1989 – 90
20 etchings in aquatint
Installation view
© James Turrell. Photo: Peter Huggins
PETE HUGGINS James Turrell First Light, 1989 – 90 20 etchings in aquatint Installation view © James Turrell. Photo: Peter Huggins


Houghton Hall is one of Britain’s finest stately homes and was originally built by the country’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole in the 1720s. The house features interiors by the noted 18th century architect and landscape architect William Kent who is credited with introducing the Palladian style of architecture to the United Kingdom. Houghton Hall is presently home to David Cholmondeley, the Marquess of Cholmondeley and has been in the family since 1797. 

''Nearly 15 years after the installation of James Turrell's meditative ‘Skyspace’ at Houghton, I look forward to staging an exhibition devoted entirely to his work. It will be the fulfilment of a long-held dream. I am extremely grateful to the artist for his active participation, and especially for creating an exciting new light piece for the front of the house,” said David, Marquess of Cholmondeley, in the press release.

The installation at Houghton Hall follows a trio of highly successful museum retrospectives in the U.S. held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2013-2014), The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2013), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2013) that showcased Turrell’s work and introduced his explorations of light and space to a new generation.

His ongoing masterwork project ‘The Roden Crater’ (1979 – present) in Arizona is built into an extinct volcano and brings together the artist’s explorations of experiencing light and space. 

Lightscape: James Turrell at Houghton is on view through Oct. 24, 2015 at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, United Kingdom, houghtonhall.com 

James Turrell
West Façade Illumination, 2015
Photo: Hugo Glendinning. Image courtesy of the artist and Houghton Hall
Hugo Glendinning James Turrell West Façade Illumination, 2015 Photo: Hugo Glendinning. Image courtesy of the artist and Houghton Hall