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Larry Bell (American, b.1939)
LOT ID: 69804
Shadow Box, 2005

Wood, and coated glass
21 х 21 х 5 in. (53.34 x 53.34 x 12.7 cm.)
Lot description
Throughout his career, Larry Bell has continually returned to previously explored ideas and materials, considering them in a new light to fully develop his concepts. Executed in 2005, this wood and coated glass shadow box demonstrates this affinity for reexaminations. Bell original produced glass shadow boxes in the 1960s while he was making frames for a living. Drawn to the material’s possibilities, Bell broke and reassembled glass pieces into shadow boxes. His continued investigation into themes concerned with light and its perception via material and environment led Bell to once again revisit the shadow box constructions.

Larry Bell (b.1939) is a contemporary American artist and sculptor who is often associated with the 'Light and Space' group of artists. This group, mostly comprised of West Coast artists, creates works that are concerned with viewer experience as they interact with the art as objects. Other 'Light and Space' artists include Bell's former teacher Robert Irwin. Bell's work places emphasis on the relationship between the object and its environment. He has received enormous critical acclaim in addition to grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the world, with recent solo shows at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Santa Monica, CA (2012); Carré d'Art-Musée d'art contemporain, Nîmes, France (2011); Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2010); Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, England (2008); Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY (2008); and Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland (2008).

Selected Public Collections:

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Tate Britain, London, England
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Imber, Caracas, Venezuela
Shadow Box by Larry Bell
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