Larry Bell lives and works in Taos, NM, and Venice, CA. Bell attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA, from 1957 to 1959. Bell is a recipient of multiple recognitions, among them the Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts, Santa Fe, NM (1990); the Guggenheim Fellowship (1970); and grants from the Copley Foundation (1962) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1975).
Bell has had solo exhibitions at such institutions as the Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO; Carré d’Art Musée d’art Contemporain de Nimes, France; The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA; and The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM.
Group exhibitions include Shady Beautiful, Malin Gallery, New York NY, 2021; Light & Space, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2021; The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN, 2021; Beyond the light of the East and West, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2020; Stronger Than Language, Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 2020; Bright | Shiny, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2019; Closer Look: Intimate Scale Sculpture from the Permanent Collection, Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA, 2019; Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, 2019; Larry Bell, Craig Kauffman, Peter Voulkos, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Shape Shifters, Hayward Gallery London, London, UK; Taos 1960’s - Present, Vivian Horan Fine Art, New York, NY, 2018; Seeking Stillness, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 2017; Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2017; Continuum: Light, Space & Time, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, 2016; Phenomenal, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, 2011; Geometric Abstraction and Minimalism in America, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1989; Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler, Tate Britain, London, 1970; 11 Los Angeles Artists, Hayward Gallery, London, 1971.
Selected public collections include The Anderson Collection of Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM; Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Gallery, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.