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Light artist James Turrell

Light art is a visual art form in which light is the main medium of expression. It is an art form in which either a sculpture produces light, or light is used to create a "sculpture" through the manipulation of light, colours, and shadows. These sculptures can be temporary or permanent, and can exist in two distinctive spaces: indoor galleries, such as museum exhibits, or outdoors at events like festivals. Light art can be an interaction of light within an architectural space. One of the leading light artists of our time is James Turrell: enjoy a brief introduction to his work in this film produced by the Guggenheim Museum.


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I was quite stunned by this lecture. I have never considered this form of art, but was totally amazed at the visions. Have always loved flying and the clouds. I felt a great empathy with the artist.

Veronica Johnstone Wed, 05/01/2022 - 08:26 Permalink


Jill Allan Thu, 30/12/2021 - 02:07 Permalink

I saw one of his installations in Japan on The Art Island - it was literally awesome.

Jenny Lebus Wed, 29/12/2021 - 23:37 Permalink

Painting with light and space - fascinating concept - a whole new way of looking - opens one's mind to understanding Light Art and the enjoyment therein. Thank you

Margaret Wed, 29/12/2021 - 17:53 Permalink

Thanks. Need to know more about this artist.

Genevieve Gillingham Wed, 29/12/2021 - 16:33 Permalink

Wonderful and fascinating . I knew nothing about this artist and would love to experience his works and that of other light artists. Thank you for introducing this work and movement to me. So calming as well and beautiful for a dull and wet day.

daphne Wed, 29/12/2021 - 13:23 Permalink

Wow. I have watched this video a couple of times and it is so amazing what the artist has achieved. Thank you

Linda Wed, 29/12/2021 - 12:36 Permalink

A wonderful introduction to the work of James Turrell - thank you. This lead me to watch other You Tube talks on West Coast 'Light & Space' artists like Helen Pashgian, Larry Bell and Robert Irwin who explored the experience of light perception through their work.

HelenHS Wed, 29/12/2021 - 12:19 Permalink

Beautiful - thank you for the introduction to James Turrell’s work - utterly calming.

Liz Barber Wed, 29/12/2021 - 11:29 Permalink

Thank you for showing this artists work.

Sylvia mccann Wed, 29/12/2021 - 11:18 Permalink