James Turrell opens Pace, Palo Alto

Lighting up Silicon Valley in style

Pelée, 2014.Wide glass.85-13/16 x 159-7/16 x 19-11/16in.Photograph by Florian Holzherr
Pelée, 2014.Wide glass.85-13/16 x 159-7/16 x 19-11/16in.Photograph by Florian Holzherr | Image: Florian Holzherr © James Turrell, courtesy Pace Gallery

The new Pace Gallery in Palo Alto – in the heart of Silicon Valley – opens with an exhibition (April 28-July 30) of work by James Turrell that focuses on the light artist’s Reflective Hologram and Wide Glass series (from $16,000 to $1,000,000).

James Turrell.Untitled (XX E), June 2007.Reflection hologram.23-1/8in x 16in (58.7cm x 40.6cm)
James Turrell.Untitled (XX E), June 2007.Reflection hologram.23-1/8in x 16in (58.7cm x 40.6cm) | Image: Photo courtesy Pace Gallery © James Turrell, courtesy Pace Gallery

Predominant themes of perception, space and colour continue to be explored in works such as Pelée (2014, first picture), a site-specific Wide Glass installation that incorporates a wall of computer-generated LED light tiles. Rich colours – indigo blues that evolve into saturated shades of purple and green – hypnotise the viewer. Meanwhile, the Reflective Hologram works (such as Untitled (XX E), 2007, second picture) use film and glass to create the illusion of fragmented light and are among the artist’s smallest holograms. Alongside these, the vibrant colour carbon images, Roden Crater (Blue Sky) (2009, third picture) and Roden Crater (Sunset), 2009, of Turrell’s monumental land art creation in the Arizona desert will also be for sale ($16,000).

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Pace has had the honour of championing James Turrell’s work for nearly 50 years,” says Elizabeth Sullivan, president of Pace Palo Alto. “His formidable practice and tireless commitment to exploring technological possibilities combined with sensory dimensions remains one of the most compelling today. We are thrilled to open Pace’s first permanent site in Silicon Valley with one of our most beloved and original risk takers.”

James Turrell.Roden Crater (Blue Sky), 2009.Colour carbon print.29-3/4in x 38-1/4in (75.6cm x 97.2cm).Photo by Kerry Ryan McFate / Pace Gallery
James Turrell.Roden Crater (Blue Sky), 2009.Colour carbon print.29-3/4in x 38-1/4in (75.6cm x 97.2cm).Photo by Kerry Ryan McFate / Pace Gallery | Image: Kerry Ryan McFate / Pace Gallery © James Turrell, courtesy Pace Gallery

Pace Gallery Palo Alto promises to be an exciting addition to the Peninsula, with programming set to include an O’Keefe-Stieglitz show, a surrealist photography exhibition, as well as material sourced from the estates of Mark Rothko, Kenneth Noland and Alexander Calder.

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