VIDEO: James Turrell’s “The Color Inside”

(Photo by Paul Bardagjy)

Chuck Close once described his fellow artist James Turrell as "an orchestrator of experience, not a creator of cheap effects. And every artist knows how cheap an effect is, and how revolutionary an experience.”

In this GalleryLOG video, brought to you in association with Blouin ARTINFO, Lynn Herbert, former senior curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, discusses "The Color Inside," a new Skyspace by Turrell. This latest project from Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin, is to be unveiled on October 19, 2013.


The Skyspace is a naked-eye observatory that heightens viewers’ perceptions of the sky. An elliptical structure of white plaster with an opening in the ceiling through which seated visitors can view the sky, the Skyspace features custom lighting that unleashes brilliant washes of color at sunrise and sunset.

James Turrell, known for his pioneering use of light as a medium, is one of the world’s most highly regarded living artists. In 2013 he became the first artist to have three concurrent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Turrell’s most ambitious project is Roden Crater, an observatory created inside an extinct volcano in Arizona.