Following James Turrell’s three U.S.-museum retrospective this past summer, the artist’s work is once again on display, this time at Pace London. For those who were not able to see the U.S. exhibitions, Pace Gallery wanted to bring the work to London so that audiences in the United Kingdom could also experience some of Turrell’s work firsthand.
While this is the sixth time the gallery has showcased Turrell’s work, this is the first time it has done so as a solo show. On display are two installations that are part of the artist’s Tall Glass works-- Sojourn (2006) and Sensing Thought (2005)--and two never-before-seen pieces from his Wide Glass series, which are “staged in site-designed chambers on the ground floor of the gallery”. Some works from this series are also on view as part of the exhibition “James Turrell: A Retrospective,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which runs through April 6.
Turrell’s Wide Glass works feature an aperture with a frosted and curved glass surface illuminated (back lit) by LEDs. With this work, “Turrell continues his exploration of technological possibilities combined with sensory practices, and invites the viewer to a meditative experience.” In contrast, Turrell’s Tall Glass pieces are “constructed to create a tangible and physical plane of light.” This work finds its roots in the artist’s series Shallow Space Constructions from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
"James Turrell: Recent Works," at Pace London ( pacegallery.com), 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET, is on view through April 5. Entrance is free.