Larry Bell

Larry Bell, born in 1939 in Chicago, is celebrated for pioneering Minimalism and Light and Space art by manipulating glass and geometry to investigate light's influence on perception.

On this iconic Beatles cover, is one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century: Larry Bell. 

It’s not my kind of music, but it’s okay

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967

Larry was born in Chicago, 1939 and came of age in the California art scene of the 60s. He’s been associated with the Light and Space and Minimalist movements of that time.

But Larry isn’t bothered by all of that. His interest lies firmly in the material – glass in particular. 

It reflects, absorbs and transmits light at the same time

The simplicity of Larry’s cubes disguises a process that combines technical rigour with creative improvisation.

He doesn’t dwell on how his work will be perceived, he lets art be his teacher: 

You follow the work, that’s what an artist does

Statue of yellow glass with lights coming from inside

Solar Fountain, 1983

Statues of cubes made of green glass

Something Green, 2017

Grey glass cube

Untitled, 1965

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