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What’s On New York: Step into the Light

Here in New York, summer is in full swing, and there is no better way to escape the stifling heat of the city than with two exhibitions that will transport you to another dimension.

Aten Reign (2013) by James Turrell – image courtesy the Guggenheim Museum

On view at the Guggenheim is James Turrell’s much-anticipated, first solo show in New York since 1980, and it’s one of three major shows of his work in the United States this summer.

Turrell alters the iconic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s rotunda into a trippy out-of-this-world light installation. Aten Reign (2013) focuses on Turrell’s practice of filling the space with shifting artificial and natural light that slowly changes color.

The effect is a soothing meditative atmosphere that leaves you mesmerized. Other works from the artist’s career are presented in the museum’s Annex Level galleries, serving as a counterpoint to the main LED exhibit.

Aten Reign (2013) by James Turrell – image courtesy the Guggenheim Museum

Aten Reign (2013) by James Turrell – image courtesy the Guggenheim Museum

Alchemy is the theme of the current show at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. Containing mostly large-scale photographs, the exhibition displays 25 works by 19 contemporary artists including James Welling, Anne Collier, David Benjamin Sherry, Roe Ethridge and Ryan McGinley.

These photographers change ordinary landscapes into breathtaking scenes of wonder, where golden waterfalls, pools of murky emerald water, and brilliant beams of light transform the gallery. The exhibition also features a multicolored lightning-bolt-shaped sculpture by Matthew Spiegelman, and a wall installation by Daniel Lefcourt.

Bad Photographer (2011) by Hannah Whitaker

James Turrell’s retrospective at the Guggenheim runs until September 25, while Alchemical at Steven Kasher Gallery will finish on August 10, 2013. – Shannan Smith

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Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite, CA (2013) by David Benjamin Sherry

580 (2007) by James Welling

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