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James Turrell. "Aten Reign," 2013. Courtesy GalleristNY and Guggenheim, New York City.

James Turrell. “Aten Reign,” 2013. Courtesy GalleristNY and Guggenheim, New York, NY.

In this week’s roundup James Turrell takes over the Guggenheim’s rotunda, John Baldessari explores the complexities of space, Pepón Osorio addressed his inner child, and more:

  • James Turrell’s first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980 focuses on the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space, with a special focus on the role of site specificity. Featured in the self-titled show James Turrell is Aten Reign (2013), an installation that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light. On view through September 25.
  • John Baldessari: Installation Works: 1987–1989 is on view at Marian Goodman Gallery (New York City). The show includes Dwarf and Rhinoceros (With Large Black Shape)—one of three installations made by Baldessari in the late 1980s—and a selection of photographs that represent the moment when he introduced architectural elements in his work. On view through August 23.
  • Baldessari‘s Six Colorful Inside Jobs (1977) is one of four works featured in Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image at the Smithsonian American Museum of Art (Washington, D.C.). This is the third exhibition in the museum’s ongoing survey of the structural and conceptual complexities of space and time, expounding on unique properties inherent in the moving image. On view indefinitely.
  • Pepón Osorio‘s “signature installation” titled Where the Me Becomes We is on view at Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ). The installations depict Osorio’s adult and child selves in bright and colorful settings. According to an article from, Where the Me Becomes We suggests “a meeting between the inner child of memory and the man he has become.” On view through September 22.