Friday, July 20, 2018

After 17 years, James Turrell’s Brisbane work is realized in Australia

By Gina Fairley
James Turrell's architectural light installation at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art. Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA.
BRISBANE, Au---American artist James Turrell is no stranger to Australia. His light works have been included in many museum shows, most significantly his 2014 retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia, as well as the permanent Skyspace, Within Without (2010) also in Canberra. Turrell's work also features in architectural installations at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart. Now a new commission in Brisbane for the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is garnering international attention. More than a decade on that vision has been realised. ‘[It] completes a major aspect of the architects’ original design intention,’ Saines added. While the idea of an illuminated façade was first pitched in 2001, it was not until 2017 that James Turrell was formally commissioned to realise a concept for the building, as part of GOMA's 10th anniversary celebrations. [More]
Turrell envisages his GOMA commission as being in conversation with Brisbane's skyline; Photo: ArtsHub