In one of the largest installations the Guggenheim has ever attempted, American artist James Turrell converts Frank Lloyd Wright’s immaculate and achromatic rotunda into a hallucinatory kaleidoscope of fuchsia, rose and plum. Turrell, whose 50-year-long career attempts to depict perceptual phenomena like color, light and space, makes the intangible utterly palpable in Aten Reign, an installation that in effect, consists of dyed air. Light itself is the artist’s medium. “We usually use light to reveal an image,” Turrell comments of his work. “I wanted the light to be the revelation. It has to do with what we value. I want people to treasure light.”
James Turrell at the Guggenheim to celebrate the opening of his first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, that focuses on his groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space.
Aten Reign will be on view through September 25th at the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street. NYC