For more than half a century, David Hockney has been the British art world's quintessential leading man, merging a love of nature with an embrace of the technological in radical work that has involved painting, drawing, photography, video, and even the iPad. Now 76, he returns to his second home of California with a new spate of shows in the coming months—and remains intent on changing the way we look at the world.
As in the biblical act of creation, artist James Turrell likes to start with the light. Over the past five decades, he has used it and manipulated it to create a moving, mystical body of installation art designed to blast open our perceptions. And while his work will appear for a limited time this summer at the Venice Biennale and at Moscow’s Garage Center for contemporary culture, Turrell can always be found working on his eternal masterpiece—a crater in Arizona with a view of the universe.