Greeting the Light: A Conversation with James Turrell


“I was a Quaker and then, for a while, I wasn’t. And now I am again,” Thus begins a deep conversation with one of the worlds most important artists. Learning to fly when he was sixteen, later he flew monks out of Tibet. “I feel like I’ve had several lifetimes in this life,” he says. But light is this artist’s subject.”My grandmother told me that as you sat in Quaker silence you were to go inside to greet the light. That expression stuck with me,” he says. Since the 1970s his work continues on Roden Crater, an unprecedented large-scale artwork in Arizona, designed as a controlled environment for the experiencing and contemplation of light.

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