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Anniversary celebrations can easily turn vaguely sentimental, but the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is closing out its 50th year with a lineup of events more forward-looking than nostalgic. On November 7 the museum holds its annual Art + Film gala—hosted by trustee Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio—honoring artist James Turrell and filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu and featuring a performance by Sam Smith. Now in its fifth year, the event raises funds to increase film-related exhibitions on such notables as David Hockney, Christian Marclay, Tim Burton, and German Expressionist filmmakers.

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Maurice Tuchman, the first full-time curator of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has donated his papers to the Getty Research Institute, the GRI is expected to announce Thursday.

Tuchman held the LACMA position from 1964 to 1994 and was responsible for mounting pioneering shows and projects, including the lauded Art and Technology program, which championed emerging light and space artists such as Robert Irwin and James Turrell and paired artists with Southern California technology companies from 1966 to 1971.

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Houghton Hall, a Palladian manor built by Sir Robert Walpole in Norfolk in the 1720s, is ablaze. An unseen light source has turned the white stone staircase on the western façade an acid green, the portico glows white and the domes that cap the northern and southern towers are blushing magenta.

On one, a weathervane, picked out by some invisible beam, shines bright as a new penny against the darkening sky.

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James Turrell, a contemporary artist best known for his groundbreaking exploration of light, color, and space, has announced that he will allow a select group of people to visit the Roden Crater -- his unfinished land art masterpiece. Turrell conceived the project in 1974, and in 1977, he acquired the 400,000-year-old extinct volcanic crater located near northern Arizona’s Painted Desert. Turrell has spent decades transforming the inner cone of the Roden Crater into a monumental work of art and naked eye observatory that will, according to Turrell’s website, “link visitors with the celestial movements of planets, stars, and distant galaxies.”

The Roden Crater will be open to a limited number of people from May 14, 2015, to May 17, 2015, as part of a fundraising event. Intended for “serious patrons of the arts,” attendees are required to donate $5,000 to Turrell’s nonprofit, the Skystone Foundation, which is responsible for the fundraising, administration, and realization of the Crater project.

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Houghton Hall, a lavish English country house built by Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, announced that the American artist James Turrell will create a site-specific installation for the institution in June 2015. The Palladian estate, which is now home to David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, and his wife, Rose, boasts a sculpture park, spectacular interiors, exquisite furniture, rarely exhibited paintings by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, Artemisia Gentileschi, and John Singer Sargent, and celebrated collections of silver, marble, and Sèvres porcelain.

In recent years, Lord Cholmondeley has commissioned a number of contemporary outdoor sculptures for Houghton Hall, including works by Turrell, Richard Long, Stephen Cox, Zhan Wang, Amy Gallaccio, and Jeppe Hein.

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A new retrospective exhibition of the American artist James Turrell (born 1943) at the National Gallery of Australia is so intense that visitors will be asked to sign a waiver, before viewing one of the installations. This Saturday, the work opens to the public which includes some extremely complex constructions. The highlight is titled "Bindu Shards," and visitors only with a premium ticket can enter the artwork if they sign a waiver. Turrell describes the work as "behind the eyes light.” This is not for anyone with epilepsy, a pacemaker or claustrophobic sufferers. "It's quite an emotional work I would say, and one that I hope would have you thinking about your relationship to light," Turrell said at the launch.

The 72-year-old, was Born May 6, 1943 in Los Angeles, California. Graduated Pasadena High School, 1961. BA Psychology, Pomona College, 1965. Art Graduate Studies, University of California, Irvine, 1965-1966. MA Art, Claremont Graduate School, 1973.

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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, known for daring installations that can stretch as long as a football field, will announce Monday a group of long-term projects with some of the country’s most prominent living artists, including Laurie Anderson, James Turrell and Jenny Holzer, as well as a partnership with the foundation of the late post-abstract expressionist Robert Rauschenberg.

When the roughly $55 million project is completed in 2017, Mass MoCA will be the largest contemporary art museum in the country, with more than 250,000 square feet of gallery space. It will also be one of the most eclectic, with a campus that features everything from rock and bluegrass festivals to dance premieres and a 27,000-square-foot building devoted to the drawings of conceptual artist Sol LeWitt.

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On Monday, July 28, President Obama awarded artist James Turrell and architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The award was given to nineteen other recipients, including documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, and arts patron Joan Harris. During the ceremony, President Obama said, “The arts and humanities aren't just there to be consumed when we have a moment. We need them." 

Turrell is best known for his groundbreaking exploration of light, color, and space. His immersive works push the boundaries of human perception and create all-encompassing sensory experiences. Turrell has said, “My work has no object, no image and no focus. With no object, no image and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.”

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Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:52

James Turrell Receives National Medal of Arts

It looks like some pretty big congrats are in order for one of Arizona's own. On Tuesday, July 22, The National Endowment for the Arts announced that President Barack Obama would be awarding the National Medals of Arts as well as the National Humanities Medals on Monday, July 28, to a select group of artists throughout the United States, including Flagstaff-based artist James Turrell.

Turrell, who first began his artistic career in the early 1960s in California, has spent the last 50 years building a body of work that transforms perception through an innovative manipulation of light and space.

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The Lombardy region of northern Italy is known for its many “villas of delight” — the “ville di delizia” that aristocratic Milanese families built in the 17th and 18th centuries as summer escapes and settings for lavish entertainments. Varese, in the foothills of the Alps, was a magnet for these estates, several of which are clustered on the parklike hill of Biumo Superiore. At its crest sits the Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza, the most storied, thanks to its longtime owner, Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, the Milanese businessman whose adventurous tastes and ardent appetites made him one of the most important art collectors of the last century.

“It’s not bad,” admitted his daughter, Maria Giuseppina Panza di Biumo, a smile escaping her lips as our eyes swept across eight acres of topiary and fountains.

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