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

Current Exhibitions

12 Apr — 30 Sep
In a temporary structure in the garden of the Jüdisches Museum Berlin, the artist James Turrell presents his immersive installation Ganzfeld “Aural”, part of the Ganzfeld Pieces...

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