The opening of Frieze Los Angeles on Thursday (Feb. 13) proved to be a busy day for artist James Turrell. At the truthful — the place the VIP preview drew the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chelsea Handler — Pace Gallery and Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery collectively bought 4 of Turrell’s wall sculptures. One of the geometrically formed gentle items from his Glass sequence went to Kendall Jenner. DiCaprio was noticed snapping a photograph of one of many Turrell items inside the 2 galleries’ joint sales space.
Later that evening, at a celebration held at West Hollywood’s San Vicente Bungalows, Pace Gallery president and CEO Marc Glimcher introduced that Zynga cellular video games founder Mark Pincus will donate $Three million to assist a fundraising marketing campaign for Turrell’s Roden Crater in the northern Arizona desert, a large earthworks venture that the sunshine and area artist has been engaged on since 1977. Last yr, Kanye West donated $10 million to advance finishing the Roden Crater, which Turrell hopes to open to the general public throughout the subsequent 5 years.
Pincus tells The Hollywood Reporter that he and his two nine-year-old daughters visited the Roden Crater a couple of week in the past with Glimcher, the place the billionaire gaming entrepreneur met 76-year-old Turrell. “This is his life’s work,” says Pincus of the venture, in which the artist is popping a volcanic cylinder right into a naked-eye observatory. “We have been all simply blown away by the scope and scale of what he’s doing and attempting to do in the long run. It’s this superb integration of nature, science and artwork. He’s gone so deep in his occupied with how do you seize gentle and see issues in a very totally different means. It isolates you from every other gentle interference and creating this aperture to expertise the sky and stars. It actually moved all of us in a means we weren’t anticipating.”
“James himself is like an encyclopedia of the historical past of astronomy. I used to be simply such a fanboy. I stored sneaking video of him speaking. I simply couldn’t cease myself,” provides Pincus, who’s at present the chairman of Zynga (“I’m not full-time there anymore”). He’s in the midst of launching an funding fund with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman known as Reinvent Capital and says he’s “persevering with to incubate inventive concepts that encourage me in shopper Internet know-how.”
At the Thursday evening celebration, the place Grimes gave a shock DJ set, friends included DiCaprio and girlfriend Camila Morrone, tennis participant Maria Sharapova, LACMA director Michael Govan (who is also president of the Skystone Foundation, which helps the Roden Crater venture), artist Mary Corse and artwork adviser Meredith Darrow of Darrow Contemporary, who works with Jenner and likewise has labored with Kourtney Kardashian.
Darrow informed THR she helped her consumer Jenner purchase the Turrell. “She loves the work and he or she was very excited on the concept of buying a home work for house by the artist. She knew the artist and her brother-in-law Kanye has labored with the artist,” stated Darrow. (West shot his movie Jesus Is King on the crater web site.) Asked to describe Jenner’s artwork assortment, Darrow stated, “She’s been shopping for nice issues. She’s been buying very severe artworks by Richard Prince and Raymond Pettibon.”
Pincus added that he hopes his donation conjures up others to contribute to the Roden Crater fundraising marketing campaign and that he needs to “join them to extra communities in order that they will convey this to the remainder of the world. It’s a enjoyable time to get entangled and introduce [Roden Crater] to much more folks. It’s a special type of artwork expertise that’s utterly immersive.” Last yr, it was introduced that Arizona State University would companion with Turrell to elevate a complete of $200 million to full Roden Crater, a part of which might go towards development of a customer heart.
This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.