On view at Hauser & Wirth, “Still Standing” is a survey on Larry Bell’s work since the late 1970s.
As a pioneer of the influential Light and Space movement, which became popular in 1960s California, Bell is best known for his glass sculptures—especially his series of semi-transparent, electric-hued cubes. After moving to Taos, New Mexico, in 1973, however, Bell began experimenting with more abstract, fragmented forms. No less elegant than his signature cubes, these complex pieces further challenge the viewer’s perceptions of light, shadow, color, and space.
Besides charting this evolution, this show highlights other moments in Bell’s remarkable career. On view for the first time are two eight-foot-tall “icebergs,” which are structures made with color-coated glass.
Larry Bell, Glacier, 1999. Pink Rosa tinted glass, Azure Blue tinted glass, Light Grey tinted glass, Clear glass, 16 x 29 1/2 x 35 inches. © Larry Bell, via private collection. Photo: Christopher Burke.