September 1, 2013
Gard Blue, 1968. © James Turrell. Photograph by Florian Holzherr. Collection of Mark and Lauren Booth.
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This autumn's biggest arts and entertainment happenings in Lawrence.
Before Saturday night, light artist James Turrell had seen his work "Gard Blue" — a projection of blue light forming a singular glowing pyramid — just once since he created it in 1968. Back then he was young, pushing boundaries and creating the type of art no one had ever seen before. In the 45 years since, Turrell has garnered worldwide fandom, but perhaps the most striking characteristic of “Gard Blue” is one he’s tried not to stray from: focus. By Sara Shepherd
Light artist James Turrell himself will be on hand for the opening of “Gard Blue,” a new exhibition of his work at the Spencer Museum of Art.
As crowds flock to James Turrell’s simultaneous retrospectives at major museums in New York, Los Angeles and Houston, Lawrence residents will have a closer-to-home option for viewing work by the artist Forbes magazine called “the art world’s brightest luminary this year.”