VISUAL ARTS + MUSEUMS
Larry Bell, Works from the Estate of the Frank K. Ribelin Collection
October 23 - November 27, 2010
New Gallery/Thom Andriola presents the exhibition Larry Bell, Works from the Estate of the Frank K. Ribelin Collection. On view October 23 - November 27, 2010. Opening Reception October 23, 2010, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. In cooperation with McClain Gallery, Houston.
Larry Bell, “Works from the Estate of the Frank K. Ribelin Collection” is an exhibition of works by this modern master of light and space. This show presents a rare opportunity to see a comprehensive selection of his singular creations from the past forty years.
The vacuum coated glass cubes are considered to be Larry Bell’s most iconic works. He created the cubes during three separate eras in his career, beginning in the mid 1960s. Several will be on exhibit in this show, along with individual glass panels originally created as cube elements.
During the mid 1970s, Larry Bell began to experiment with using vacuum coating (a metallic deposition process on a surface created through vaporization) on paper instead of glass. This created images that absorbed and reflected light in a different way from the cubes, where light is suspended in space. Two works from this series will be exhibited.
The Vapor Drawings expanded into the Mirage Paintings of the 1980s and beyond. These works, like synthesized collages, employed vacuum-coated paper, Mylar, foil, paint, and film assembled and laminated onto canvas, denim, and other paper.
From the evocative yet pure Minimalism of the sixties, Larry Bell has moved into more spontaneous expressive and painterly improvisational work. A fine selection of his Mirage Paintings will be shown in this exhibition.
During the mid-nineties, sculpture reappeared in Larry Bell’s work with the unexpected bronze “stick men” figures of his “Sumer” series. These ideas grew out of sketches by Bell and subsequent dialogues with architect-friend Frank Gehry about a large commission they were working on. Bell then created a series of 24 figures like three-dimensional calligraphy ranging in height from 20 inches to over 20 feet. Three bronze works are included in this show.
This exhibition, selected from the estate of one of Larry Bell’s long time friends and collectors, Frank K. Ribelin, is presented by New Gallery / Thom Andriola in cooperation with McClain Gallery. New Gallery in Houston has mounted a number of groundbreaking exhibitions by Larry Bell over the past 25 years. These shows included the first showing of the new cubes in 1986, a Vapor Drawing retrospective, and exhibition of large glass works, and one of the first showing of the Mirage Paintings and the Sumer Sculptures.