Friday, June 19, 2015

James Turrell at Houghton Hall: a psychedelic legal high in the English countryside

By Jonathan Jones
James Turrell’s LightSpace installation at Houghton Hall: First Light - Etchings in Aquatint, 1989-90. Photograph: Pete Huggins
UNITED KINGDOM---People are walking out of the setting sun, between the trees and the ha-ha, like purple shadows. I am standing on the stone threshold of a Palladian country house, watching them intently. What am I on? It is perfectly legal. It’s not even a legal high that’s going to be banned by Theresa May. All I have taken, honest officer, is a dose of James Turrell’s mind-bending art. This exhibition has been 15 years in the making. Houghton’s owner, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, is a devout collector of Turrell’s art who has commissioned a series of permanent installations on his estate. [link]
‘It is a trip’: James Turrell lights up the west facade of Houghton Hall in Norfolk. Photograph: Alban Donohoe/