Larry Bell

decade

1930s

1939

Larry Bell is born in Chicago.

decade

1940s

1945

Larry Bell’s family moves to Los Angeles.

decade

1950s

1957–59 1957

Larry Bell attends Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.

1959

Larry Bell moves to the Ocean Park area of Santa Monica, California, where several artists including Billy Al Bengston also have studios. Bell befriends Bengston through his teacher Robert Irwin.

1959

Larry Bell is included in Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) annual exhibition of Southern California painting and sculpture.

decade

1960s

1961

Joe Goode organizes War Babies at Huysman Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard with works by Larry Bell, Ed Bereal, and Ron Miyashiro. The exhibition poster features photography by Jerry McMillan.

1962–65 1962

Larry Bell has solo exhibitions at the Ferus Gallery.

1963

Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Ruscha are included in a group show at the Ferus Gallery.

1965

Larry Bell is included in the traveling group exhibition The Responsive Eye, which is on view at the Pasadena Art Museum from September 25 through November 7.

1967

Larry Bell is included in the group exhibition American Sculpture of the Sixties at LACMA.

1968

Jerry McMillan, Larry Bell for “L.A. 6” Catalogue, Vancouver, Canada, 1968. Gelatin silver print; 10 × 10 in. (25.4 × 25.4 cm). Courtesy of Jerry McMillan and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica.

1968

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) organizes a Billy Al Bengston retrospective that includes furniture from Larry Bell and Ed Ruscha, with installation design by a young Frank Gehry. Ruscha designs the cover for the catalogue, which is made of sandpaper.

1968

Larry Bell is included in the group exhibition Serial Imagery, which travels to the Pasadena Art Museum and the University of California, San Diego’s art gallery.

1969

Billy Al Bengston establishes the Artist Studio in his quarters on Mildred Avenue in Venice, California, as a way to get around the commercial gallery system. The space shows brief exhibitions of works by friends, including Larry Bell, Joe Goode, and Ed Ruscha, and the artists are able to keep all profits.

1969–71 1969

Larry Bell has solo exhibitions at the Mizuno Gallery.

decade

1970s

1970

Art in America publishes Billy Al Bengston‘s “Los Angeles Artists’ Studios,” a photo essay featuring his own studio along with Larry Bell’s, Joe Goode’s, and Ed Ruscha’s, among others.

1970

Larry Bell is included in the Art Institute of Chicago’s 69th American Exhibit.

1970

Larry Bell is included in a group exhibition at the Mizuno Gallery.

1971

Allen Ruppersberg offers his LA studio as the location of Ed Ruscha’s first film, Premium, which stars artist Larry Bell.

1971

Larry Bell is included in the group exhibition Transparency, Reflection, Light, Space: 4 Artists at UCLA Art Galleries.

1972

Announcement for the exhibition Grup Shrow at the Mizuno Gallery in Los Angeles, 1972. Featuring Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, and Vija Celmins. Gift of Riko Mizuno. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2010.M.84).

1972

Larry Bell has a solo exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum.

1972

Larry Bell has a solo exhibition at Dennis Hopper Gallery in Taos, New Mexico.

early 1970s 1973

Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, and Vija Celmins are included in a group show at the Mizuno Gallery.

1976

Larry Bell is included in the group exhibition Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

1979

Larry Bell is included in the group exhibition Caliornia Perceptions: Light and Space at California State University, Fullerton.

decade

1980s

1981

Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Joe Goode, Bruce Nauman, and Ed Ruscha are included in the group exhibition Art in Los Angeles: Seventeen Artists in the Sixties at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

1985

Larry Bell has a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), titled Chairs in Space: The Game.

1986

Larry Bell installs The Leaning Room at MOCA.

decade

2000s

2004

Larry Bell, Judy Chicago, Douglas Huebler, and Bruce Nauman are included in the group exhibition A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958–1968 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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