Artwork details

First & Last
1981 – 1989
variable dimensions: from 183 x 244 x 244 cm to 183 x 548 x 732 cm
Larry Bell

Collection macLYON. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Rodde.


First and Last, 1981 - 1989
Larry Bell was part of the group of artists associated with Ferus Gallery, who created a distinctive West Coast minimalism in the 1960s and 70s. Bell is known for his ground-breaking use of glass as a material, and developed a technique in which he melted colour films on sheets of glass, achieving fascinating light and colour effects. Bell spearheaded the Light and Space movement, which transferred focus from the art object itself to the perception and experiencing of environments of space, light and colour. First and Last consists of large, triangular glass walls that are placed together in overlapping constructions. In this intriguing installation the material yet transparent glass structures create reflections of the light, the space and the viewers. This work is a pinnacle of Bell’s exploration of perceptual and spatial qualities.


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