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ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance Ocula Report ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance 17 November 201817 Nov 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Nigeria's art scene has flourished over the last decade, leading to a renewed interest in cultivating and supporting modern and contemporary art in the country. Ranked Africa's largest economy in 2017, making up 0.8 percent of the world's GDP, a surge in wealth amongst some individuals has led to a developing collector base (not to mention rising...

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Cao Fei Ocula Conversation Cao Fei Artist

Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional exhibition in Asia, A hollow in a world too full (8 September 2018–4 January 2019), is taking place at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong, the city's new non-profit art centre housed in a former colonial police and prison complex in Central. Organised in collaboration with Ullens Center for Contemporary Art...

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Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 Ocula Report Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 17 November 201817 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

The last time I visited West Bund Art & Design was four years ago, when the fair was in its first year of operation: a small, boutique offering held in a cavernous hangar that seemed too big for it. Much has changed since then. Mirroring the rapid development of the city itself, West Bund has grown from 25 galleries in 2014 to a fair that...

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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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Cube 24-2-92 by Larry Bell contemporary artwork Larry BellCube 24-2-92, 1992 Inconel and silicon monoxide coated glass
61 x 61 x 61 cm
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CS 11.27.16C by Larry Bell contemporary artwork Larry BellCS 11.27.16C, 2016 Mixed media with aluminium and silicon monoxide on red Hiromi paper mounted on canvas
152.4 x 101.6 cm
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CS 9.14.16A by Larry Bell contemporary artwork Larry BellCS 9.14.16A, 2016 Mixed media with aluminium and silicon monoxide on red Hiromi paper mounted on canvas
152.4 x 101.6 cm
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Cube 59 by Larry Bell contemporary artwork Larry BellCube 59, 2007 Glass coated with inconel and silicon monoxide and clear glass
38.1 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm
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Cube 29 by Larry Bell contemporary artwork Larry BellCube 29, 2008 Glass coated with inconel and silicon monoxide
30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
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Untitled by Larry Bell contemporary artwork Larry BellUntitled, 1965 Vacuum coated glass
45.7 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm
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Bette and the Giant Jewfish by Larry Bell contemporary artwork Larry BellBette and the Giant Jewfish, 1963 Vacuum coated glass and chrome plated metal
42 x 42 x 42 cm
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Untitled by Larry Bell contemporary artwork Larry BellUntitled, 1964 Vacuum coated glass and chrome plated metal
20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm
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Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Larry Bell, Complete Cubes at Hauser & Wirth,
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23 June–23 September 2018 Larry Bell Complete CubesHauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Frank Stella & Larry Bell, Frank Stella & Larry Bell at Marianne Boesky Gallery,
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13 June–23 July 2017 Frank Stella & Larry Bell Frank Stella & Larry BellMarianne Boesky Gallery, Aspen
Contemporary art exhibition, Larry Bell, Larry Bell : Cubes, Mirage Works, Fractions at Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie,
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19 November 2015–22 January 2016 Larry Bell Larry Bell : Cubes, Mirage Works, FractionsAnne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel

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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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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 conversation: Larry Bell with Alex Bacon Related Press In conversation: Larry Bell with Alex Bacon The Brooklyn Rail : 4 March 2016

Alex Bacon visited Larry Bell in his Venice Beach studio to reflect on the artist’s long and influential career, which is currently being celebrated in an exhibition of work from the 1960s at Hauser & Wirth’s uptown space at 32 East 69th Street. It runs through April 9, 2016.Alex Bacon (Rail): The show at Hauser & Wirth is...

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Haunted reflections: Larry Bell's experimental work on show at White Cube Mason’s Yard Related Press Haunted reflections: Larry Bell's experimental work on show at White Cube Mason’s Yard Wallpaper* : 19 July 2015

Larry Bell has been exploring the aesthetics of light and surface for over five decades. In that time, the New Mexico-based artist, who is now 75, has produced a masterful body work comprising sculpture, installations and collages that harness light with serene and haunting effect. A new exhibition, 2D-3D: Glass & Vapor at White Cube...

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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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