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Larry Bell, Mine Shaft


The painting is composed of laminate strips and metallic materials fused onto a grey canvas. At the lower left of the abstract painting are strips of blue painted with acrylic. Otherwise the work is of grey and white undulating forms. On the bottom right are several black block strips. The work is spontaneous, improvisational. A shaft like white grey form is at the upper left sliced by two sharply angled diagonal forms.

Larry Bell

Larry Bell is a contemporary American artist and sculptor. He lives and works in Taos, New Mexico, and maintains a studio in Venice, California. From 1957 to 1959 he studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles as a student of Robert Irwin, Richards Ruben, Robert Chuey, and Emerson Woelffer. He is a grant recipient from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and his artworks are found in the collections of many major cultural institutions. Bell’s work has been shown at museums and in public spaces in the United States and abroad over the course of his 40-year career.

Larry Bell on Wikipedia


Mine Shaft, 1988
mixed media on grey canvas
43 x 78 in.
Gift of Gus Foster
2013.0180.0000

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