Welcome Home, Larry Bell!
Honoring him in his “hometown”, Hauser & Wirth will be displaying “Larry Bell. Complete Cubes” - a solo exhibition for the internationally acclaimed American artist. With the opening reception scheduled for June 23, from 6-9pm, the exhibition will be running from 23 June to 23 September, 2018.
Showcasing an example of every size the artist has produced from the early 1960s to the present, “Complete Cubes” will landmark the first time Bell’s iconic glass cubes have been organized by scale. On display will be more than 20 sculptures, ranging in size from two inches to 40 inches. Featured among the sculptures will be new, large-scale works created specifically for this presentation.
Originally born in Chicago in 1939, Bell and his family moved to Los Angeles in the 1940s. He attended the California Institute of the Arts, known formally as the Chouinard Art Institute, from 1957-1959. Working at first with paint and canvas, while working at a frame shop in San Fernando Valley, Bell began expirimenting with scraps of glass, framing supplies and other materials. A breakthrough moment came when he placed a piece of cracked glass into a shadow box, the result being “an intriguing dual effect,” where “the cracked glass threw a shadow and also a reflection of the crack on the paper.” This was Bell’s introduction to sculpting, a passion that spanned through the following six decades.