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Larry Bell's work emerged in the mid-1960’s, and is often included in major exhibitions of Minimal art. His work was shown in the first exhibit to focus on Minimal art, Primary Structures, at the Jewish Museum in 1966. Bell’s work was also included in the seminal Museum of Modern Art exhibit, The Responsive Eye in 1965. More recently, Bell’s work was prominently presented in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s show, A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968, and discussed at length in the catalogue essays.

Bell is one of the most prominent and influential artists to have come out of the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, first showing at the Huysman Gallery, and then at Ferus. He became associated with the most important movements at the time, such as Light and Space art and what was described as "Finish Fetish" (a term coined by the late critic John Coplans). Bell has continued to investigate the complexities of highly refined surface treatments of glass, as well as large-scale sculptural installations.

Larry Bell was born in Chicago in 1939, and currently resides in Taos, New Mexico. The artist now maintains studios in Taos, New Mexico and Venice, California. Having grown up in the San Fernando Valley, Bell attended Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles from 1957 through 1959, where he was a student of Robert Irwin. He was extraordinarily successful as a young artist, and showed regularly at Pace Gallery in New York between 1965 and 1973. In September of 2005, Pace Wildenstein presented a show of works titled Larry Bell: The Sixties.

His work is in public collections throughout the world, including 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.



Museum Collections

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Stanford, California
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
The Berardo Collection, Funchal, Portugal
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
City of Albuquerque Public Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Metropolitan Bronco Football Stadium District and City of Denver, Colorado
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
The Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minneapolis Art Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Musée Saint-Pierre Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico
National Collections of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014     Larry Bell: Three Decades of Art, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, Texas
            6x6 an improvisation, Chinati Weekend, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas
            Larry Bell: Light and Red, White Cube, Hong Kong
            Larry Bell: The Carnival Series, White Cube, São Paulo, Brazil
2013     Larry Bell: Light Knots and Mirage Paintings, White Cube, London, United Kingdom
            Light Knots, ARTS Manhattan, Manhattan Beach, California    
            Recent Work, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2012     Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, California
            Larry Bell Installation, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico
2011     Early Work, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California
            Larry Bell: In Perspective, Carré d'Art-Musée d'art Contemporain, Nîmes, France
2010     Portraits of Joan: New Collages, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2008     New Small Works, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
            New Works on Paper, Logan Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
            New Small Works, Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York
            New Works, Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Galerie AG, Zurich
            Works on Paper, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California     
            Oeuvres récentes, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
2007     New Work, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California     
            New Sculpture, Danese Gallery, New York
            Larry Bell, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2006     Cubes, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California     
            Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
            Cubes and Works on Canvas, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2005     Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
            McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas
            Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York
            Pace / Wildenstein, New York
            Larry Bell: New Works, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2004     Larry Bell Venice Annex, 77 Market Street, Venice, California
2003     St. John’s College Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002     Roswell Museum & Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico
            Made for Arolsen, Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany
            New Gallery, Houston, Texas
2001     Gallery Gan, Tokyo, Japan
            Larry Bell: Fractions, SkovRidder AS, Oslo, Norway
2000     Larry Bell Annex/New Directions Gallery
            Larry Bell: 1,000 Fractions, Center Galleries, Center for Creative Studies,
                    Detroit, Michigan
            Kiyo Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1999     Museum Moderner Kunst Landkreis Cuxhaven, Ottendorf, Germany
            Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1998     Seljord Art Association, Seljord, Norway
            Glass and Paper, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway
1997     Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Reyjavik, Iceland
            Zones of Experience, The Art of Larry Bell, The Albuquerque Museum,
                    Albuquerque, New Mexico
1996     Sumer, Art et Industrie Gallery, New York
            Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, California
1995     Indigo Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
            Larry Bell Untitled x 2, Denver Museum of Art, Close Range Gallery,
                    Denver, Colorado
            Larry Bell’s Vapor Drawings, University of Wyoming Art Museum,
                    Laramie, Wyoming
            New Glass Sculptures, Galerie Montenay-Giroux, Paris, France
1994     Kiyo Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, California     
            Larry Bell Glass and Denim Constructions, Braunstein/Quay Gallery,
                    San Francisco, California
            Dartmouth Street Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
            Larry Bell: Recent Improvisations, Leedy/Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri     
1993     New Gallery, Houston, Texas
            New Directions Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
            Glass Constructions, Kiyo Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, California     
            Tavelli Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
1992     Mixing Media and Metaphor: LB's Abstract Painting, Tampa Museum of Art,
                    Tampa, Florida
            Kiyo Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, California     
            Janus Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
            Dartmouth Street Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
            New Gallery, Houston, Texas
1991     Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
            Larry Bell Mirage Works, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
            Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, California           
            New Directions Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
            New Gallery, Houston, Texas
            Larry Bell: New Work, Dartmouth Street Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
            Sena Galleries West, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1990     Galerie Montenay, Paris, France
            San Antonio Art Insitute, San Antonio, Texas
            Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany
            Kiyo Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, California     
            Galerie Kammer, Hamburg, Germany
            Sena Galleries West, Santa Fe, New Mexico
            New Gallery, Houston, Texas
1989     Larry Bell: Work from New Mexico, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
            New Directions Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
            Kiyo Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, California
            Sena Galleries West, Santa Fe, New Mexico
            Larry Bell Studio Investigations, Stables Art Center, Taos Art Association,
                    Taos, New Mexico
1988     Larry Bell at Gemini, Gemini Editions Limited, Los Angeles, California
            Spectacles, Leaning Room, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
            Light on Surface, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
            Mirage Paintings, Kiyo Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, California
            Larry Bell: New Work, Sena Galleries West, Santa Fe, New Mexico
            Larry Bell, Major Glass Sculpture and Related Maquettes, New Gallery,
                    Houston, Texas
1987     Larry Bell, Galerie Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris, France
            Larry Bell – Light and Space, Kiyo Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1986     The Leaning Room, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
            Larry Bell: Chairs in Space, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas
            Contained Space and Trapped Light: Larry Bell’s Sculptural Environments,
                    Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, Idaho
            The New Cubes and Other Works, New Gallery, Houston, Texas
            Chairs in Space and Vapor Drawings, Braunstein Gallery, San Francisco, California
1985     Larry Bell: New Sculpture and Larry Bell: Vapor Drawings on Paper and Glass,
                    L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, California
            Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
            Larry Bell: New Works, The Works Gallery, Long Beach, California
            Chairs in Space: The Game, Linda Durham Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1984     Chairs in Space: How the Game Evolved, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center,
                    Colorado Springs, Colorado
            Chairs in Space: The Game, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
            Larry Bell – The Game, The Works Gallery, Long Beach, California
1983     Larry Bell: Major Works in Glass, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
            Larry Bell: New Sculpture, ARCO Center for Visual Arts, Los Angeles, California
            Larry Bell: Recent Work, Advanced Art Gallery, Rinconada, New Mexico
1982     Larry Bell: New Work, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
            Larry Bell: New Work, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
            Larry Bell, The Sixties, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
            On the Ellipse, Works by Larry Bell, Newport Harbor Art Museum,
                    Newport Beach, California
            Larry Bell, Vapor Drawings, Ruth S. Schaffner Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
            Larry Bell, New Vapor Drawings, Erica Williams / Anne Johnson Gallery, Seattle,
                    Washington
            Larry Bell, Small Images: New Vapor Drawings, Tally Richards Gallery of
                    Contemporary Art, Taos, New Mexico
1981     Larry Bell: New Work, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
            Larry Bell: New Work, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York
            New Works by Larry Bell, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, California
            Tally Richards Gallery of Contemporary Art, Taos, New Mexico
            Larry Bell New Works, Wildine Galleries, Albuquerque, New Mexico
            Larry Bell, New Vapor Drawings: The “El” Series, Tally Richards Gallery of
                    Contemporary Art, Taos, New Mexico
            Trisolini Gallery, University of Ohio, Athens, Ohio
            Sculpture by Larry Bell, Ann Jacobs Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
1980     Larry Bell, New Work, Tally Richards Gallery of Contemporary Art, Taos,
                    New Mexico
            Larry Bell, Vapor Drawings, Recent Works, Sebastian-Moore Gallery, Denver,
                    Colorado
            Larry Bell: New Sculpture and Vapor Drawings, Hill’s Gallery of Contemporary Art,
                    Taos, New Mexico
1979     Tally Richards Gallery of Contemporary Art, Taos, New Mexico
            Vapor Drawings, Multiples Gallery, New York
            Vapor Drawings, Sebastian-Moore Gallery, Denver, Colorado
            Noble Metals, Janus Gallery, Venice, California
            Larry Bell: New Work, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
            Hanson Fuller Gallery, San Francisco, California
            Vapor Drawings, Hill’s Gallery of Contemporary Art, Taos, New Mexico
1978     Season of the Fountain. Larry Bell and Eric Orr, Multiples Gallery, New York
            Season of the Fountain. Larry Bell and Eric Orr, Delahunty Gallery, Dallas Texas
            New Works on Paper, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas
            Vapor Drawings, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico
            Vapor Drawings, Tally Richards Gallery of Contemporary Art, Taos, New Mexico
1976     The Iceberg and Its Shadow, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, traveled
                    to: the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California; the Venice
                    Biennale, Venice, Italy;the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas;
                    Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,
                    Massachusetts (1977); the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
                    Massachusetts (1977); and the Federal Reserve Bank, Boston,
                    Massachusetts (1977)
1975     Larry Bell: Recent Work, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
            A Fracture from the Iceberg, Tally Richards Gallery of Contemporary Art,
                    Taos, New Mexico
1974     Larry Bell, Marlborough Galleria d’Arte, Rome, Italy
1973     Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California
            Possibilities for Glass Sculpture, Bonython Gallery, Sydney, Australia
            Larry Bell: New Work, Pace Gallery, New York
1972     Larry Bell: Boxes at Pace. The 1969 Terminal Series of Boxes, Pace Gallery,
                    New York
            Felicity Samuels Gallery, London, United Kingdom
            Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California
            Wilmaro Gallery, Denver, Colorado
1971     Larry Bell, Pace Gallery, New York
            Larry Bell, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, California
            Larry Bell, Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, California
            Larry Bell, Helman Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1970     Larry Bell, Pace Gallery, New York
            Larry Bell, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, California
            Larry Bell, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany
1969     Larry Bell, Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1967     Larry Bell, Galeria Ileana Sonnabend, Paris, France
            Larry Bell, Stedejlik Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
            Larry Bell, Pace Gallery, New York
1965     Larry Bell, Pace Gallery, New York
            Larry Bell, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1963     Larry Bell, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1962     Larry Bell, Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, California