Throughout his career, artist Larry Bell has worked with glass, often in transparent cube sculptures wherein the interplay of light and the surrounding environment are essential components. He started out as an Abstract Expressionist and later became associated with the Light and Space movement of the 1960s.
Bell attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA, from 1957 to 1959 where he began experimenting with geometric forms and unusual materials as a student under Robert Irwin. Despite early success with Abstract Expressionist painting, a side job at a frame shop led him to experiment with excess scraps of glass, thus beginning his fascination with the material’s interaction with light. Bell’s first series of cubes combined three-dimensional glass forms with transmitted light, creating illusions of perspective through angles, ellipses, and mirrors. His later purchase of industrial plating equipment allowed him to create sculptures with metallic-coated glass and, eventually, drawings on mylar-coated paper. Bell is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation . His artworks are found in the collections of many major cultural institutions such as : The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo; Art Institute of Chicago; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Gallery, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Bell currently maintains studios in Taos, New Mexico and Venice, California.