Larry Bell’s work reflects a lifelong investigation into the physical properties of light, the materials it hits, and the spaces in which to create work. Equally tangible is his passion for playing with those properties with reverence and a spontaneity that belies or even denies the impressively technical nature of his practice. From his earliest experimental paintings in the late 1950s to the glass cubes and standing glass-panel sculptures of the 1960s and 1970s, his experimentation with vapor drawings in the 1980s and his most recent ‘mirage works’ and ‘light knot’ sculptures, Bell’s career reads as one long and beautiful experiment in the properties of light on surface, and the relationship of surface to space.
Angela Kotinkaduwa, Jennifer Liese, Samantha Tsao (eds.)
24.1 x 27.9 cm
Larry Bell is one of the most renowned and influential artists to emerge from the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, alongside contemporaries Ed Ruscha and Robert Irwin, and had garnered international repute by the age of 30. Known foremost for his refined surface treatment of glass and explorations of light, reflection and shadow through the material, Bell’s significant oeuvre extends from painting and works on paper to glass sculptures and furniture design.