Larry BellUntitled 1962

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Artist
Larry Bell (born 1939)
Title
Untitled
Date 1962
MediumGlass and wood
Dimensionsobject: 349 x 324 x 222 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01695

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Based in Los Angeles, Bell?s work reflects a preoccupation by some West Coast artists with light and space. The three boxes shown here demonstrate his various technical approaches to achieving their distinctive surfaces. The chequer-board pattern of Untitled (1962) was made by scraping away squares from a mirror, which he then painted black. The smoked effect on the four mirrored squares in the centre was achieved by applying a thin coating to the glass in a vacuum environment. The oval patterns of Untitled (1964) were made by covering the glass with a chemical treatment that cuts off certain bands of light, so that they appear in different colours depending on the viewing angle… (read more)

May 2003

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