Truth be told, James Turrell’s recent appearance on Charlie Rose, to talk about his three-museum retrospective, starts off rather slowly. An excerpt:
Rose: “Is the Guggenheim the perfect place for you?”
Turrell: “It’s a difficult place.”
But then it really gets going, with the artist discussing his work on Houston’s Rothko Chapel, the fact that he no longer shows certain kinds of work in the United States and the various properties of light, including that it seems to alter its behavior based on whether people are observing it and that “it’s actually a food. We actually are light eaters.”
At one point Mr. Rose notes that Mr. Turrell’s environmental works are hard to photograph. The artist’s response: “Well, someone has to make up for all the work that photographs better than it is.” Nicely said.