James Turrell attended Pomona College, where his studies concentrated on psychology and mathematics. Since 1966, he has created art works made primarily out of light. In 1973 he received a Master’s degree in Art from Claremont Graduate School. His work is represented in international public collections including the Tate Modern, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum, New York; Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima Island, Japan; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The James Turrell Museum opened in Colomé, Argentina in 2009. His solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1976); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1980); Israel Museum (1982); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1984); MAK, Vienna (1998–99); Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (2002–03); and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2009–10). Turrell’s work involves explorations in light and space that speak to viewers without words, impacting the eye, body, and mind with the force of a spiritual awakening.

James Turrell
James Turrell
Los Angeles, 1943

Past Exhibitions


Castello di Rivoli
14/03/2017 — 23/07/2017

The QUEEN Falls

07/02/2017 — 25/03/2017


Historic Dorissa of Miami Building 21/11/2015 — 30/06/2016

Light Show

Sharjah Art Foundation
19/09/2015 — 12/12/2015

James Turrell solo show

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
21/06/2013 — 25/08/2013

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Los Angeles Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1943