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Gap from the series Tiny Town

James Turrell (American, born 1943). Gap from the series “Tiny Town,” 2001. Light installation, dimensions variable. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; General Purchase Funds, 2005 (2005:44). Photograph by Tom Loonan. © James Turrell.

© James Turrell

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Gap from the series Tiny Town

© James Turrell

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Gap from the series Tiny Town

© James Turrell

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Gap from the series Tiny Town

© James Turrell

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

James Turrell

American, born 1943

Gap from the series Tiny Town, 2001

light installation

dimensions variable

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

General Purchase Funds, 2005

2005:44

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Inscriptions

no inscriptions

Provenance

the artist;
Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA;
sold to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, December 19, 2005

Class

Light art

Work Type

Light art

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Since the 1960s, light itself has been artist James Turrell’s primary medium. In Gap, he plays on our sometimes easily misled powers of perception, calibrating the gallery space to project the initial illusion of a flat surface. However, the mysterious glowing rectangle at the rear of this darkened gallery is actually an opening into a carefully lit inner chamber. For Turrell, direct interaction with light offers experiences of “wordless thought” and the meditative space to contemplate other intangible notions, such as the infinite or the sublime.

Label from Out of Sight! Art of the Senses, November 4, 2017–February 4, 2018

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