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Monday, 12 August 2013

ART I admire: James Turrell at the Guggenheim New York

 Rotunda at the Guggenheim Museum, New York 
until September 25, 2013

To quote Peter Schjeldahl [in the New Yorker, July 1, 2013] 'James Turrell, the veteran wizard of installations that involve illusory effects of light, both natural and artificial..... Since 1981, Turrell has maintained a cattle ranch near Flagstaff, Arizona. There he has toiled incessantly [and expensively] to turn an extinct volcano, the Roden Crater, into a sculpted, many chambered observatory of celestial phenonema! [see my blog post of November 2, 2012]

What a guy!  His "Skyspaces" can be seen in the UK at Houghton House in Norfolk and at Yorkshire Sculpture Park [left], Kielder Skyspace on Cat Cairn [above] and, of course, in Salzburg, Austria, in Japan, Argentina etc.

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