Larry Bell

(b. 1939)
Lot 242
Larry Bell
Mirage Painting #262
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $11,875
June 10, 2018
Lot 243
Larry Bell
Fraction #4794
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,000
June 10, 2018
Lot 244
Larry Bell
Fraction #4894
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,250
June 10, 2018
Lot 245
Larry Bell
Fraction #5112
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,500
June 10, 2018
Lot 180
Larry Bell
Untitled (Vapor Drawing)
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $37,500
February 25, 2018
Lot 181
Larry Bell
SMTTHOJ #1
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $8,125
February 25, 2018
Lot 182
Larry Bell
SMVD #94
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
February 25, 2018
Lot 265
Larry Bell
MVD 293
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $33,750
October 22, 2017
Lot 266
Larry Bell
Melta 6
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $12,500
October 22, 2017
Lot 12
Larry Bell
Untitled (Vapor Drawing)
Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $28,125
May 21, 2017
Lot 13
Larry Bell
Mirage Vapor Drawing #74
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 84
Larry Bell
Untitled (Vapor Drawing)
Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $15,000
March 5, 2017
Lot 84
Larry Bell
Untitled (from in Barcelona Suite/Portfolio California)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $3,750
October 9, 2016
Lot 85
Larry Bell
Untitled (from in Barcelona Suite/Portfolio California)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,250
October 9, 2016
Lot 158
Larry Bell
ELIN 26 (Ellipse Insert)
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $8,125
October 11, 2015
Lot 18
Larry Bell
Untitled (Vapor Drawing)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,875
May 17, 2015
Lot 27
Larry Bell
Melin 35 (from Vapor Drawing Series)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,000
March 1, 2015
Lot 224
Larry Bell
Vapor drawing
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $15,000
October 12, 2014
Lot 292
Larry Bell
Untitled (Vapor series)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,687
May 18, 2014
Lot 536
Larry Bell
Mirage Painting #224
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,625
October 13, 2013
Lot 411
Larry Bell
Untitled (Vapor Series)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,000
October 7, 2012
Lot 94
Larry Bell
T-Shirt
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Price Realized: $480
June 29, 2008

About The Artist

 

Light and Space and Finish Fetish artist Larry Bell is known for his glass cube sculptures and Mylar and laminating film drawings that explore the phenomena of light and perception. His early pedigree was impressive, and he was one of the foremost artists to emerge from the California art scene in the 1950s and 1960s. Educated at Chinouard Art Institute (now CalArts) under Robert Irwin from 1957-1959, Bell quickly joined the roster of artists at the legendary Ferus Gallery in the early 1960s. He showed frequently with Pace Gallery in the late sixties and seventies.

Initially interested in Abstract Expressionism, Bell became fascinated with the reflection and refraction of light while working part-time at a commercial framing shop as a student. He quickly discarded his painting materials for glass, and took up technological materials more commonly used in the aerospace industry than for art. His early glass cubes were fabricated by an outside glass manufacturer, but eventually Bell literally took things into his own hands. Referring to the 1956 textbook Vacuum Deposition of Thin Films, he purchased a vacuum chamber and coated sheets of glass with laminates and metallic films.  

In the late 1970s, and continuing to this day, Bell also added experiments on paper and canvas to his body of work. Using similar techniques as in his glass cubes, his “Vapor Drawings” consist of metallic films and silicon substances on paper and encased in Plexiglas. The “Light Knot” sculptures are made up of Mylar, a polyester film, treated with metals and quartz. They hang from the ceiling like mobiles, swaying, moving and interplaying with light to a transfixing effect.  

When not in his Venice, California studio, the artist can be found working in Taos, New Mexico. Bell first went out to Taos in 1973, on the heels of his good friend Ken Price. Bell’s oeuvre has been featured in solo shows at institutions including the Pasadena Art Museum, Oakland Museum of Art, Fort Worth Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His work is held in museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Gallery, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

 

"Larry Bell." Pacific Standard Time at the Getty Center. Getty.edu. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Web. 13. Nov. 2014.
Bell, Larry. "The Art of Larry Bell." LarryBell.com. Web. 13. Nov. 2014.

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