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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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Thank you for an introduction to light . I look forward to experiencing for real some of Turrells work .

Liz Hall Wed, 29/12/2021 - 11:02 Permalink

What a stunningly beautiful visual art form, I shall investigate his work further. Thank you for expanding my art appreciation

Jillie Moss Wed, 29/12/2021 - 10:51 Permalink

Wow! Completely knocked out by today's calendar piece. Thank you again

Niki Wed, 29/12/2021 - 10:45 Permalink

Absolutely fascinating - light, colour, shade, reality, imagination - what an amazing artist.

BettyH Wed, 29/12/2021 - 10:31 Permalink

What a beautiful start to the day. Calming background sounds and a reminder of how life affirming light is for all of us.. more please!

Cinziawalters Wed, 29/12/2021 - 10:26 Permalink

Hello Chris, I'm sorry to hear that you can't open the Christmas Quiz. The quiz is held as a PDF document and it may be that the device you are using hasn't an application which opens this format (so nothing happens). You could try opening the email using another device. Most PCs should open PDFs with the web browser, so it may be worth trying this if you are able to. Otherwise please email with your details, describe what you are trying to do & the device you are using and ask for help.

editor Wed, 29/12/2021 - 10:11 Permalink

I wasn't able to see the Xmas Quiz as nothing happens when I click on the link to open it. I've tried several times since with the same result.

Chris Cox Wed, 29/12/2021 - 09:46 Permalink

Once again, we are pushed to experience something new, a form of art which leaves us wanting to escape the darkness in search of what it is expressing.

Muriel Lowe Wed, 29/12/2021 - 09:46 Permalink

Thanks 🙏🏻 I shall watch this many times to fully appreciate the depth of perception required. A new way of looking has been opened.

Patricia Beeston Wed, 29/12/2021 - 09:42 Permalink

I’m a big James Turrell fan - if anyone comes down to West Cornwall his two installations at Tremenheere Sculpture Garden are a must visit. Sitting in his Skyspace on a summer evening as the light fades is a magical experience.

Liz Woods Wed, 29/12/2021 - 09:16 Permalink