Acro, Green

James Turrell1968

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

James Turrell creates ecstatic and deeply beautiful art through his use of the purest of materials: light, framed within space. Acro, Green is an iconic example. In what came to be known as his "Projection Piece" series (1966–69), Turrell cast a beam of light from a high-intensity projector across a room onto a mural surface. Where the projection hit the wall (or corner) it became a sharply defined geometric form, both actual and illusionary.

Acro, Green, from this founding stage in Turrell's career, is created by projecting a single, controlled beam of light from the opposing corner of the room. As it hits the corner, the projected light gives the illusion of a three-dimensional cubic form. The first version of this corner installation was created in 1967 with white light. A year later, Turrell made this variation in green—a color he uses sparingly.

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  • Title: Acro, Green
  • Date: 1968
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: © James Turrell
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Projected light
  • Exhibition History: Color into Light: Selections from the MFAH Collection, 2008-2009; James Turrell: Color into Light, 2013
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase
  • Artist: James Turrell


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