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Encore Gallery Opening a Huge Success

Larry Bell: The Last Women in the New Encore Gallery

Taos Center for the Arts had an enormous turn out for Larry Bell: The Last Women, which opened Friday, March 6, 2009 in the new Encore Gallery of the Taos Community Auditorium. Over 1,000 people were in attendance to see Mr. Bell and his latest work.

Bell is a minimalist, geometric abstractionist, sculptor, and world famous artist who will reveal his latest work in Taos – only at the TCA. Larry’s artistic career has spanned nearly 50 years, exhibiting nationally and internationally, with works in countless public and private collections. He has captured an audience in every major art center of the world through his tremendous skill and commitment.

Bell’s work has been classified in many ways: Glass Boxes, Standing Wall Glass Panel Installations, Vapor Drawings, Mirage Works, Furniture De Lux, Sumer, Fractions and now The Last Women. He is often associated with Light and Space, a term used to describe a group of mostly West Coast artists whose work is concerned with perceptual experience stemming from the viewer’s interaction with their work. Larry’s mirage pieces are collages constructed by arranging pieces of coated materials then laminating them. As Bell says, “I color sheets of various paper materials, strips of metal coated Mylar, along with metal coated laminate films. Then I fuse them to canvases and stretch them. Tapestries of woven light differentials result.”

The Last Women is a group of individual Mirage Works of delicately distant women figures. Each piece is built in the same fashion as his abstract mirages but feature curvatures and highlights that suggest the female form. The Women are hidden among values and layers; look closer, the form pulls itself out. They are sensual and seductive; subtly concealed within his abstraction.

Taos Center for the Arts is honored to host such a respected and renowned visual artist in this, the inaugural exhibit for TCA’s new gallery. 

Larry Bell: The Last Women runs through Monday, May 11, 2009
Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on weekends during Taos Community Auditorium events.
For further information please contact Kristine Rippel, TCA Visual Art Director, at (575) 758-2052 or

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