Skyspace I
James Turrell
Skyspace I
James Turrell (American; Contemporary, Conceptual, Light and Space, Installation; b. 1943): Skyspace I, 1974. Overhead portal cut to outside sky, interior filled with natural light, site-specific dimensions; room: 19 feet 8 inches × 11 feet 10 inches × 11 feet 10 inches (599.4 × 360.7 × 360.7 cm); cut: 100 × 100 inches (254 × 254 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Panza Collection, Gift, 1992, on permanent loan to Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano 92.4177 © James Turrell. Installation view: Permanent site-specific installation at Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano, Camogli, Province of Genoa, Italy. Photo © Giorgio Colombo. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



'Manipulating light as a sculptor would mold clay, James Turrell creates works that amplify perception. Unlike pictorial art that replicates visual experience through mimetic illusion, Turrell’s light works—one cannot call these shimmering events "objects“ or "images“—give form to perception … a tangible example of the artist’s endeavor to produce sensations that are essentially prelingual, to create a transformative experience of wordless thought.' (Nancy Spector, © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

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