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Larry Bell, New Fraction #75


A large work from the “Fraction” series, a grey/yellow square dominates the center. Blazing yellow surrounds it. Pale pinks are below this abstracted form. The irregular background is dark, in shades of metallic grays. To create his "Fractions," Bell cut discarded earlier works into bits and used them to make new compositions. When he subjected each "Fraction" to the high temperatures of a laminating press, it caused layers to melt and flow, sometimes blending and other times sitting atop one another like oil on water.

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


New Fraction #75, 2002
mixed media on watercolor paper
22 × 22 in. (55.9 × 55.9 cm)
Gift of Gus Foster
2013.0162.0000

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