Hauser & Wirth presents “Larry Bell. From the ’60s”, the gallery’s first exhibition devoted to the internationally-admired American artist whose innovative approach to sculpture and perceptual phenomena placed him uniquely at the hub of Southern California’s Light and Space movement and New York Minimalism in the sixties, and continues to inform his vibrant work today.
Bell emerged in the 1960s among a circle of avant-garde artists who shared an attitude towards experimentation, invention, and discovery – simultaneously straddling East Coast and West Coast schools of thought and practice. Known foremost for his refined surface treatment of glass, Bell’s diverse, prolific production extends from painting to works on paper, glass sculptures in various scales, site-specific installations, and furniture design. Through an uncanny ability to exploit the inherent properties of his chosen materials, Bell challenges accepted notions of perception. Featuring rarely seen examples that are among the most important pieces of his early career, ‘From the ’60s’ offers visitors insight into this ability: the exhibition reveals the diversity of Bell’s work and celebrates his lifelong fascination with the perceptual effects of illusion and the sensuality of light.
- Larry Bell, Ghostbox, 1962. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth