About James Turrell


brief his history

Born in Los Angeles, USA in 1943. Lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. After studying perceptual psychology, mathematics, astronomy and other natural sciences, and eventually art history, James Turrell worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1968 to ’71. He thereafter began creating experimental artworks that employ light. His works also show influences from his experiences of piloting airplanes. Turrell has consistently worked with light as a medium, throughout his career, in an ongoing exploration of the nature of perception. By contriving spaces for experiencing light, he acts on deeply felt sensations within us. Significant works include the Roden Crater project (1979 to present, Arizona), House of Light (2000, Niigata), and three works introduced in 2004 at Chichu Art Museum: Afrum, Pale Blue together with Open Sky and Open Field.In addition to the work exhibition in many countries of the world, he has a bright receiving a prize career. In 2013, he won the award "National Medal of Arts" from U.S. President Obama.
In 2021, he was awarded the 32nd Praemium Imperiale in honor of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu.


1976 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1980 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1982 Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1983 Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
1985 Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1989 Musée des Beaux Arts de Nimes, FRANCE
1990 Museum of Modern Art,New York
1991 Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
1992 Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Royal Gardens of Prague Castle, Czecho Republic
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1995 Art Tower Mito, Japan
1997 Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
1998 Nagoya City Museum, Japan
The Brown Foundation Gallery, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston
Setagaya Museum, Tokyo
1999 MAK, Vienna