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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Larry Bell

b. 1939, USA

Larry Bell is an American sculptor and painter whose impressive body of work can be viewed across a single developmental arc of improvisation, experimentation and impulse. In an interview with Ocula, the artist said: 'I consider my work to be evidence of my studies and the externalisation of a current thought. It is also about intuition, improvisation and spontaneity; these elements all impact the final result.’ Bell's work also explores the relationship between light and surface, and also space, context and the viewer. This is especially apparent in his well-known glass cube series, which play with perspective, space and surface.

Beginning as an artist much aware of Abstract Expressionism, Bell began to incorporate simple geometric forms and pieces of glass and mirrors into his paintings, making spatially complex collages that created a certain dimensional dissonance. This experimentation with surfaces eventually allowed him to fully explore the possibility-rich relationship between light and the surfaces it touches. His glass cubes began with having thin film added to their glass panels by means of vacuum deposition, portraying different ways of light interacting with glass. These cubes play with the notion of space, and also mass and volume, giving the impression that the works are suspended in the air. Bell continued to push the boundaries of his materials, commissioning a device that coated surfaces more effectively, allowing for glass to be reflective, transmitting and absorbing of light all at once. He applied this technique to large glass sheets that were at once reflective and transparent that could both reveal and deceive, and be rearranged into multiple variations, such as in his 1974 work The Iceberg and It’s Shadow, made up of 56 large panels.

Bell has also incorporated these thin film deposition techniques onto other media such as on paper for his Vapour Drawings. His Light Knot series involve twisted, almost weightless forms of mylar film coated in thin metallic film hung from the ceiling, and moved and spun by even the slightest air movement.

Bell studied at the Chouinard Art Institute (now a part of the California Institute of the Arts) and he has participated in numerous institutional exhibitions, including the 1965 exhibition The Responsive Eye at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; as well as in exhibitions at the Guggenheim International, 1967; documenta 4 in 1968; and the Venice Biennale in 1976. He has enjoyed numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Pasadena Art Museum, 1972; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1986; and Carré d’Art Musée d’art Contemporain de Nîmes, France, 2011. Bell also has his works in permanent collections such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Art Institute, Chicago; Denver Art Museum, Denver; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Larry Bell lives and works between Taos, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California.

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Featured Artworks

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MSMS #154 by Larry Bell contemporary artwork
Larry BellMSMS #154, 1994 Mixed media on canvas
106.6 x 106.6 cm
Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie
Untitled (Mirage Painting) by Larry Bell contemporary artwork
Larry BellUntitled (Mirage Painting), 1990 Metallic paint, acrylic and paper collage on canvas
110 x 110 x 3.5 cm
Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie
AAAAA 60 A by Larry Bell contemporary artwork
Larry BellAAAAA 60 A, 2007 Mixed media on black Hiromi paper
101 x 74.6 cm
Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie
Cube #41 by Larry Bell contemporary artwork
Larry BellCube #41, 2007 Glass coated with inconel
38.1 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm
Pace Gallery
Untitled by Larry Bell contemporary artwork
Larry BellUntitled, 1970 Glass with mineral coating
5.1 x 289.6 cm
Pace Gallery
Untitled by Larry Bell contemporary artwork
Larry BellUntitled, 1970 Glass with mineral coating
5.1 x 289.6 cm
Pace Gallery
Untitled by Larry Bell contemporary artwork
Larry BellUntitled, 1970 Glass with mineral coating
5.1 x 289.6 cm
Pace Gallery
Untitled by Larry Bell contemporary artwork
Larry BellUntitled, 1970 Glass with mineral coating
0.6 x 254 x 12.7 cm
Pace Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Back to L.A. at Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel
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30 November 2018–1 February 2019 Group Exhibition Back to L.A. Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel
Contemporary art exhibition, Larry Bell, Complete Cubes at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
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23 June–23 September 2018 Larry Bell Complete Cubes Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Larry Bell, Larry Bell : Cubes, Mirage Works, Fractions at Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel
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19 November 2015–22 January 2016 Larry Bell Larry Bell : Cubes, Mirage Works, Fractions Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel

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In Ocula Magazine

Larry Bell talks spontaneous improvisation Ocula Insight Larry Bell talks spontaneous improvisation By Anna Dickie and Stephanie Bailey

In 2016, artist Larry Bell gave a talk in the Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong, where he described his work as a 'spontaneous improvisation'. It is a surprising description when thinking about the work he is best known for: slick glass cube works including Pacific Red (2016), which comprises three large-scale reflective glass cubes...

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In Related Press

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Too Big for a Booth? Art Basel Still Has Room for Your Art Related Press Too Big for a Booth? Art Basel Still Has Room for Your Art The New York Times : 11 June 2019

Since it was begun in 2000, Unlimited, which is offered only at the fair in Basel, has proved to be a particularly popular draw. Most people attending the fair–there were 95,000 last year–are expected to visit the section, not only for the sheer wow factor of the works, but also for the relevance of its offerings.'I often tell people that...

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Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 ARTnews : 7 June 2019

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

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A User’s Guide to the Whitney Biennial Related Press A User’s Guide to the Whitney Biennial The New York Times : 13 March 2017

Everything had to be reinvented for the 2017 Whitney Biennial — the first to take place in the new riverside home of the Whitney Museum. But then, this leading showcase of contemporary American art feels refreshed in other ways, too.

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Moses, Ruscha, Bell, Bengston: Backstage with the Cool School of artists, cooler than ever Related Press Moses, Ruscha, Bell, Bengston: Backstage with the Cool School of artists, cooler than ever Los Angeles Times : 23 January 2017

It’s dark backstage as artists Ed Moses, Ed Ruscha, Larry Bell and Billy Al Bengston get miked up to appear before a packed house at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The glow of house lights seeps in from the stage wings and the audible bustle of audience members settling into their seats fills the tiny backstage nook. Pre-show suspense hangs in...

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In Video & Audio

Complete Cubes: Inside Larry Bell’s Taos studio Related Video & Audio Complete Cubes: Inside Larry Bell’s Taos studio Hauser & Wirth : 11 July 2018
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Larry Bell. Complete Cubes, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Related Video & Audio Larry Bell. Complete Cubes, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Hauser & Wirth : 22 June 2018
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Larry Bell. Venice Fog: Recent Investigations, Hauser & Wirth Zürich Related Video & Audio Larry Bell. Venice Fog: Recent Investigations, Hauser & Wirth Zürich Hauser & Wirth : 17 January 2018

Larry Bell talks about Venice Fog: Recent Investigations, an exhibition of new laminated glass works with colour combinations inspired by the marine fog which rolls into Venice CA, the location of his studio since the early 1960s.Bell’s understanding of the potential of glass and light allows him to expand visual and physical fields of perception,...

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