1943 -


Receiver of numerous awards in the arts including The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1984 and the National Medal of Arts in 2013.


James Turell is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space.

Using photographic techniques that allow light to have a physical presence, Turrell creates colored light installations that appear to possess mass and take up space.


Deeply informed by the psychology of perception, Turrell's work aims to reveal how vision intersects with the brain. Optical illusions and/or perceptual uncertainty are a vital dimension of his work.






The House of Light was installed for the first Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Triennale in 2000 and it's part of Turell's work ''Skyspaces''.


After visiting the House of Light in April 2017, we carry a more personal and immediate experience to share.

The building is a fairly traditional Japanese House with spectacular views of the light at sunrise and sunset, through a roof that slides and reveals the skyspace, blending the experience between interior and exterior, closed and opened. Influenced heavily by Junichiro Tanizaki’s book In Praise of Shadows, Turrell incorporates his media with the traditional usage of light in Japanese houses, setting a space where one can experience living in light, by relating light inside to light outside.


Unlike experiencing Turell's work in highly controlled art institutions where the experience is timed, the project seems specifically lit to encourage a meditative and peaceful space through the restriction of light, allowing visitors to interact with each other and create their own perception of the space.












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