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May 11, 2013 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Flying a couple of thousand feet above a volcanic field in Arizona near the Painted Desert, it's fairly easy to spot the extinct volcano known as the Roden Crater. It stands alone in the field, apart from hundreds of other volcanoes. It shows signs of being a manmade monument, with paths winding around it, a small building with the horizontal thrust of a Neutra home embedded in one side and an entrance nearby. And down in the center of the crater's bowl, a 44-foot-wide concrete ring surrounds a large hole - looking up like a giant, unblinking eye. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview You can imagine people thousands of years from now puzzling over its function, much the way people today wonder about Machu Picchu or Stonehenge.
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March 29, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
On this dark, drizzly afternoon, one could easily miss Helen Pashgian's Pasadena art studio, a converted piano warehouse nestled down an alleyway between a parking garage and a coffee house. Except that Pashgian's brick studio is painted sunny yellow and ocean blue, and it pops against the surrounding blur of concrete and gray sky - a spot of light and levity amid the heavy and the dreary. The 79-year-old artist, a pioneer of Southern California's Light and Space movement of the '60s and '70s, also pops when she appears in the entrance.
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March 25, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
I imagine that I know what it's like to be abducted by aliens. Or to leap out of a speeding jet while tripping on acid. With only two weeks left before the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's James Turrell retrospective closes, I squeaked into the artist's much talked about Perceptual Cell, “Light Reignfall,” last weekend.  The retrospective is open to anyone who makes a reservation, but the Perceptual Cell is a separate $45 ticket for...
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March 25, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
I imagine that I know what it's like to be abducted by aliens. Or to leap out of a speeding jet while tripping on acid. With only two weeks left before the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's James Turrell retrospective closes, I squeaked into the artist's much talked about Perceptual Cell, “Light Reignfall,” last weekend.  The retrospective is open to anyone who makes a reservation, but the Perceptual Cell is a separate $45 ticket for...
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May 28, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
"James Turrell: A Retrospective" is a bit like a dinner party at which the guest of honor is absent. Family members and friends are there, plus lots of conversation about the one who's missing. But the primary impetus for the get-together couldn't make it. The missing guest, of course, is Roden Crater - the much written-about volcano in the Northern Arizona desert that the artist has been converting into an elaborate, celestial observatory since he located the dramatic site more than 40 years ago. The exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art includes extensive documentation of the ongoing project, in the form of models, drawings, plans, photographs and video.
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November 26, 1989 | KRISTINE McKENNA
"I like sites that have no function and are only inhabited by consciousness," says James Turrell, the California artist who has spent more than a decade at work on a massive environmental artwork that may stand as the ultimate cathedral of consciousness upon completion in 1994.
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October 21, 2007 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
FOR nearly 40 years, James Turrell has been making art out of little more than thin air -- at least that's how his indoor and outdoor installations feel when you give yourself over to their dazzling attractions. Think of his super-refined Minimalism as a spa for consciousness: an urbane oasis and thinking citizen's entertainment center all rolled into one impeccably designed whole that is both elegant and spectacular.
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December 20, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: In chronological order, 2013 Top 10: Art American artist Charles Reiffel is probably the best early Modernist painter you've never heard of - til now http://lat.ms/1f4OtFO #Top10art Brilliant, sexy charioteer was only one great reason to see Getty's extraordinary ancient "Sicily" show http://lat.ms/1aSscqo ...
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July 14, 1998 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You grope your way along a short pitch-black corridor to a dark room where two fuzzy ovals of light on facing walls serve as mysterious twin beacons in the nocturnal ambience. You wait, unsure exactly where the other two walls are. While you stand there uncertainly, waiting for something to happen, the space lightens, ever so slightly. The air takes on a soft, grainy quality. Peering through a large rectangular opening in one wall, you see a speckled grayness invaded by a milky white fog.
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September 16, 1992 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Step inside the windowless building. Gaze up at the 28-foot-high walls, the pale glow of recessed halogen lighting, the twilight sky that pours in from a hole in the ceiling. The James Turrell show is about to begin. Turrell, an artist acclaimed around the world for his work with light and perception, has collaborated with students at Pitzer College in Claremont to create a free-standing "celestial observatory" that evolves with the night.
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December 20, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: In chronological order, 2013 Top 10: Art American artist Charles Reiffel is probably the best early Modernist painter you've never heard of - til now http://lat.ms/1f4OtFO #Top10art Brilliant, sexy charioteer was only one great reason to see Getty's extraordinary ancient "Sicily" show http://lat.ms/1aSscqo ...
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December 16, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
So simple as to seem artless, Ann Veronica Janssens' works at 1301PE are surprisingly engaging. Known for installations that play with light and perception - à la James Turrell - the Belgian artist also creates mysterious objects that suggest more open-ended outcomes than Turrell's tightly controlled environments. Viewers are greeted by a single steel I-beam lying diagonally on the floor. The uppermost side of the beam has been polished to a reflective, chrome-like finish, turning a heavy, stolid object into a slash of reflected light.
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September 12, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
The late American composer Peter Lieberson imagined he was creating a campfire opera, a Tibetan Buddhist legend told by a narrator, who recites, scats and sings, backed by a small instrumental ensemble in front of an audience happily eating and drinking. It was no campfire when premiered in Munich and repeated at Tanglewood two decades ago, not with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianists Peter Serkin and Emanuel Ax in the glamorous lineup.   These days, officials don't, of course, cotton to campfires on the beach, but Long Beach Opera has found a grassy knoll next to the Queen Mary, water and the Long Beach skyline in the background where at least an ersatz fire can be part of the stage.
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June 21, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
"Sooner Than Later, Roden Crater," the show filling Kayne Griffin Corcoran's handsome new space, is largely a cerebral affair, centered on James Turrell's 40-years-and-counting project to transform an extinct volcano in Arizona into a celestial observatory of sorts. His vision is diagrammed, described and accounted for through photographs, drawings, models, surveying tools and architectural plans, leaving, by necessity, the project's promised experiential effects to the imagination. The show (guest-curated by Richard Andrews of the Skystone Foundation)
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June 10, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
LAS VEGAS -- A Louis Vuitton-commissioned James Turrell installation, which recently opened at the French luxury brand's City Center store here, is not only one of the most intimate and unexpected ways to experience the artist's oeuvre, it may just be the best antidote we've found yet to counteract the swirling, light-caused disconnectedness of Sin City chaos. Titled "Akhob," (a word from Egypt's Amarna period that means "pure water," according to a guide), the permanent installation, which opened on the fourth floor of the Louis Vuitton boutique last month, is the largest of Turrell's "ganzfeld" (light field)
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May 28, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
"James Turrell: A Retrospective" is a bit like a dinner party at which the guest of honor is absent. Family members and friends are there, plus lots of conversation about the one who's missing. But the primary impetus for the get-together couldn't make it. The missing guest, of course, is Roden Crater - the much written-about volcano in the Northern Arizona desert that the artist has been converting into an elaborate, celestial observatory since he located the dramatic site more than 40 years ago. The exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art includes extensive documentation of the ongoing project, in the form of models, drawings, plans, photographs and video.
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June 6, 1991 | HECTOR FELICIANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a recent day in this central French city, government officials, local politicians, art critics and journalists took the plunge for artist James Turrell. Turrell's artwork--which uses light, perception and space--involves the viewer's participation, and this show was no exception. The plunge at the opening was literal. All the officials and personalities at the opening, wearing 1920s-style, black-and-white bathing suits designed by Turrell, swam into "Heavy Water," the show's highlight.
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February 17, 2002 | WADE GRAHAM
It's sunset on a winter day at the Brentwood home of Mandy and Cliff Einstein, the latter a trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Outside, on what had been the family's tennis court, sits a 20-foot white cube that, from the exterior, seems an unlikely candidate for a work of art. The interior is another matter. We enter through a doorway. The walls are white, lined with inclined wooden benches.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
Issa London designer Daniella Helayel, who created the highly publicized blue dress worn by Kate Middleton on the occasion of her engagement announcement, is leaving the label she founded, the company announced Thursday. She will be succeeded by Blue Farrier. Helayel will remain as a consultant through the end of the year, and oversee the Issa for Banana Republic collection hitting stores Aug. 13.  The Abercrombie & Fitch firestorm  continues with its CEO posting an apology on Facebook, and critics of its no-sizes-over-10 policy saying its not enough.
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May 11, 2013 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Flying a couple of thousand feet above a volcanic field in Arizona near the Painted Desert, it's fairly easy to spot the extinct volcano known as the Roden Crater. It stands alone in the field, apart from hundreds of other volcanoes. It shows signs of being a manmade monument, with paths winding around it, a small building with the horizontal thrust of a Neutra home embedded in one side and an entrance nearby. And down in the center of the crater's bowl, a 44-foot-wide concrete ring surrounds a large hole - looking up like a giant, unblinking eye. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview You can imagine people thousands of years from now puzzling over its function, much the way people today wonder about Machu Picchu or Stonehenge.
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