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Has the Sage Turrell Sold Out?

The Daily Pic: His illuminated spaces used to stand for transcendence, but the new Guggenheim project evokes klieg lights and red carpets.

06.21.13 3:40 PM ET

James Turrell’s “Aten Reign”, a splashy light piece now filling the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, is mostly being heralded as a transcendent soul-feast. For me, however, it provides a plangent picture of the sorry state of our culture, obsessed with spectacle and in thrall to the One Percent. Read a full account of these qualms in my Turrell review for Architectural Record, live online now.

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