In Conversation: Larry Bell and Cliff Lauson
On the occasion of Larry Bell’s exhibition ‘New Work’ at Hauser & Wirth London, we join the artist with Dr Cliff Lauson, Director of Exhibitions at Somerset House, to discuss Bell’s brand-new works from his most recent Deconstructed Cube series and his Open Box series.
‘Larry Bell. New Work’ presents two large-scale sculptures and a selection of smaller-scale works, combining elements from Bell’s detached Standing Walls and his Nesting Cubes series. For the first time, in Bell’s Deconstructed Cubes, the artist combines elements from his signature glass cubes and his more architecturally scaled, fragmented, crystalline forms or what he refers to as ‘standing walls.’ Both the Deconstructed Cube and Open Box works in small and monumental sizes are visually complex sculptures made up of a sequence of layered reflections and quadrates, converging hues and densities while maintaining the physicality and mass of the glass.
‘Larry Bell. New Work’ is on view at Hauser & Wirth London until 30 July 2022.
About Larry Bell
Larry Bell is one of the most renowned and influential artists to emerge from the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, alongside contemporaries Ed Ruscha and Robert Irwin, and had garnered international repute by the age of 30. Known foremost for his refined surface treatment of glass and explorations of light, reflection and shadow through the material, Bell’s significant oeuvre extends from painting and works on paper to glass sculptures and furniture design.
About Dr Cliff Lauson
Dr Cliff Lauson is Director of Exhibitions at Somerset House, London. He was formerly Senior Curator at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, having organised major exhibitions of work by Matthew Barney, Bridget Riley, Martin Creed, Ernesto Neto, Tracey Emin, and David Shrigley and the critically-acclaimed group exhibitions ‘Light Show and Space Shifters’. In addition, he has curated numerous exhibitions of artists in the HENI Project Space, including Dineo Seshee Bopape, Emmanuelle Lainé, Kate Cooper, and ‘Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future’. He has also commissioned artworks and projects across the wider Southbank Centre site.