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Photo Credit: Pace Editions

James Turrell (Maker), Pace Prints (Publisher)

Aten Reign

21st century
Medium & Support
Archival pigment print on paper
Printer's proof
Sheet: 44 x 65 in.
Light and Space
Object Type
Credit Line
Museum purchase
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In Copyright
© James Turrell, courtesy Pace Gallery, New York

James Turrell "Aten Reign," 2015. Printer's Proof from an edition of 30. Image of shades of blue within inner circles. The center circle is purple, and then each following circle is blue with the outer most being the darkest blue.

Label History

Turrell considers light a material that defines space. His expansive body of work challenges human perception and the primal relationship with light. This print is based on Turrell’s 2013 Aten Reign installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which created an immersive skyscape in the rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic building. Built in the center and top of the building, artificial LED lights were programed in a shifting spectrum to dialogue with natural light over a 60-minute cycle. The installation generated a sensation of the space as if it had a life of its own. This print captures an ephemeral moment that the light, color, space, and shape composed in the rotunda. Turrell is considered one of the foremost artists associated with the Light and Space art movement, which began in the artist’s home region of Southern California in the mid-1960s.

Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Object Entry
Written by: Lei Han

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