New rooftop sculpture unveiled for summer at Aspen Art Museum

May 29, 2018

Installation view of "Pacific Red II" by Larry Bell at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Credit Timothy Schenk / The artist and Hauser & Wirth

A new exhibit opens on the rooftop of the Aspen Art Museum on Thursday.  


Artist Larry Bell said light is his medium.  Bell creates transparent glass cubes that both reflect and absorb light.  

His new exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum is called “Aspen Blues.” It consists of two glass boxes, one nested inside the other, and their size is striking.  

“The boxes are six foot by eight foot, and inside that box is a six foot by four foot wide box," Bell explained. "So I combine these things so that both transmitted and absorbed light become mixed up.”

Bell tinted the glass blue and arranged them specifically to compliment their setting on the rooftop.  

“I just had a feeling that these colors and these configurations would be beautiful on the roof looking out with all of that daylight,” Bell said.

The Aspen Art Museum’s opening for all summer exhibitions is Thursday at 5:30 p.m.  At 6 p.m., there will be an Artist Toast for Bell and additional exhibiting artists Yto Barrada and Paula Hayes.