Larry Bell is an American sculptor who currently lives and works in Taos, New Mexico. He also maintains a secondary studio location in Venice, CA. Larry Bell was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1939. He attended Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles. Receiving acclaim at an early phase of his career, by 1961 Bell became known as one of the War Babies, a group of four Los Angeles artists that included, along with Bell, Ron Miyashiro, Ed Bereal, and Joe Goode.
He had his first solo exhibition only three years out of art school; four decades later, his work continues to be included in innumerable exhibitions and is in private and public collections throughout the world. His reputation and standing in the history of American art is well established. Other works by Larry Bell can be seen at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Tate Gallery in London. Larry Bell’s first well-known works were glass boxes with etched and mirrored glass panes. These sophisticated works depended on the perception of the viewer and were concerned with the optical, veiling the technical processes which created them.