The Most Important Artists of 2013 (So Far)

2. James Turrell

Exhibitions: "Sooner Than Later" at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery (May 25 - July 20), "Roden Crater and Autonomous Structures" at PACE Gallery (March 14 - April 20), Retrospectives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (May 26, 2013 – April 6, 2014), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (June 9 - September 22), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (June 21 - September 25)

James Turrell has had many huge moments in his career, but he is reaching new heights and seeing the accumulation of his success, in his lifetime. The artist, known for his captivating explorations of light through various site-specific installations in galleries, museums, homes, and in nature, has three simultaneous exhibitions this year at the Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It is a big deal that he's able to show so much work at once, across institutions and galleries, as a true celebration of his career and contributions to art and culture.

Anyone who has visited his piece in the Guggenheim's lobby, Aten Reign, in particular, would agree that there's nothing like the experience of staring upwards for that long, while the colors slowly change, and suddenly feeling as if you can watch yourself watching and think about yourself thinking. Turrell admits that "Light knows when we're looking," and thankfully 2013 is the year we are also remembering to look at Turrell and the history of his important work. -Cedar Pasori

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