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Larry Bell

Dia: Beacon / Beacon / Art

“The right angle is the most common element in civilized culture,” the artist Larry Bell told Ocula in 2017. “My sculptural interests were affected by this element; it is everywhere all the time at once!” The right angle, of course, is the building block of the cube, a central component of Bell’s practice. He has used this shape to investigate light, space, and surface since his beginnings in the late 1950s. And from the 1960s on, he has vacuum coated panels of glass to create reflective forms and surfaces. In this exhibition, Bell’s key early works—including Standing Walls (1968), one of his first free-standing sculptures—are on view alongside more recent pieces, such as Duo Nesting Boxes (2021), a new diptych formed with layered planes of luminous blue and green glass. —E.C.

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