Larry Bell was born in Chicago in 1939, and he currently lives and works in Taos and Venice, USA. Bell attended Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles, where he studied under American installation artist Robert Irwin, from 1957 to 1959. He emerged from the Los Angeles art scene in the 1960s alongside New York contemporaries Frank Stella and Donald Judd, garnering international repute by the age of 30. Best known for his glass sculptures, Bell considers glass a solid liquid that reflects, absorbs, and transmits light; his sculptures always display his refined surface treatment of the material as well as his exploration of reflection and shadow. Bell also works in a myriad of other mediums.
Bell’s recent solo exhibitions include Time Machines at ICA Miami and Aspen Blues at Aspen Art Museum in 2018. Seminal group exhibitions include the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2011). Bell’s works are widely collected by public institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Photo: © Larry Bell, 2010
Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth; Photographer: Eric Schwartz