James Turrell was born in Los Angeles in 1943, and lives and works in Arizona. He has had solo exhibitions at the Gugenheim Museum, New York (2013); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2013); and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2013); the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2002); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1984); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1980); and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1976), among others.
Permanent commissions include the Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima Island, Japan; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Turrell Museum, Colomé, Argentina; and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, York, United Kingdom.
Turrell has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (1968) and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1984), and was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government (1991).
He had a solo exhibition at Magasin III in 1994-95.