T01697 Untitled 1967
Chrome-plated metal and glass, 14 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 14 1/4 (36 x 36 x 36)
Purchased from the artist through the Felicity Samuel Gallery, London (Grant-in-Aid) 1972
Lit: Fidel A. Danieli, 'Bell's Progress' in Artforum, V, Summer 1967, pp.68-71
In 1965 Larry Bell abruptly abandoned making patterned and highly coloured cubes such as T01696 and turned instead to making larger glass cubes of a very pure, ethereal kind, with planes of clear glass faintly and hazily suffused with a metallic scrim. The thin metallic film was produced by vacuum deposition; the metals used in this case were quartz and chromium, and the effect is more smoky towards the corners. After obtaining his own vacuum-coating machine in 1966, he was able to make boxes of this type up to a maximum of 40in (101.5cm) cubes.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.42, reproduced p.42