With one of his largest installations to date, American artist James Turrell has transformed the rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Guggenheim Museum into a mesmerizing Skyspace. Shifting between natural and artificial light, Aten Reign – James Turrell’s main attraction – illuminates the central void with a brightly colored, banded pattern that imitates the museum’s famous ramps. This presents a dynamic perceptual experience in which the materiality of light is exposed.
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“Light is a powerful substance,” Turrell explains. “We have a primal connection to it. But, for something so powerful, situations for its felt presence are fragile [...] I like to work with it so that you feel it physically, so you feel the presence of light inhabiting a space,” he says.“My desire is to set up a situation to which I take you and let you see. It becomes your experience.”
James Turrell will remain on view at the Guggenheim Museum until September 25, 2013. More information on the exhibition can be found here.