Window Bkd #6

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Object Name: 
Wall Panel
Window Bkd #6
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Frame H: 135.2 cm, W: 135.3 cm, D: 3.5 cm; Glass H: 60 cm, W: 59.7 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
In the 1960s, Larry Bell broke new ground in contemporary sculpture with his illusionistic glass boxes and large-scaled sculptures. These pieces were executed in plate glass that was made highly reflective with thin coatings of vaporized metal. In this panel, or painting, vaporized metals are used to create the central image on several panels of layered glass. Light shifts and refracts among the particles on the vacuum-coated surface, causing colors to iridize from gold or silver to blue or violet. The glass is surrounded by black denim, which absorbs light. For Bell, the behavior of reflected and absorbed light is the subject of this work.
Braunstein/Quay Gallery, Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead float glass, vaporized inconel and silicon monoxide, wood stretcher frame, black denim border; two sheets of glass have been treated with a vacuum deposit coating of vaporized metals using the technique of thin film deposition to produce different, roughly cross-shaped designs; glass is layered (with about 1/2" space between) and mounted in a wide frame covered with black denim; each pane of glass has been treated with a coating of vaporized metal creating a roughly cross-shaped abstract image on part of the colorless glass, the overlapping designs are partly iridized and partly mirrored creating an illusionistic three-dimensional image that changes depending on lighting conditions and the perspective of the viewer; in script on back of wooden stretcher, center of base side, written in what appears to be black felt pen: "L. Bell 93"; paper gallery label affixed near center of top side.
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Larry Bell: Glass and Denim Construction
Braunstein/Quay Gallery 1994-03-01 through 1994-04-02
Larry Bell: Glass Constructions
Kiyottigash Gallery 1953 through 1953
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 13, 138-139 (fig. 13, plate 45); BIB# 107478
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, p. 100, #177; BIB# 65446
Recent Important Acquisitions, 37 (1995) illustrated, p. 126, #62; BIB# AI36371