New York

Larry Bell

Pace Gallery

Larry Bell showed two works at Pace similar to those shown last year in which his now characteristic vacuum-plated glass panes stand vertically at right angles on the floor. As has often been described, Bell’s vacuum-plating process results in a pane of glass which is transparent on the left side, for example, and is a mirror on the right side; between those two extremes is a confusing middle ground in which the transparent almost imperceptibly becomes mirror so that the center portion of the glass is both at once. To move from the mirrored portion of the glass, in which one sees a bright clear reflection of oneself, toward the transparent portion is, in effect, to watch oneself disappear like a person in a Duane Michals photograph; only this is not a photograph, it is happening, as they say, before our very eyes. In the subtle change from mirror to transparency, the right-angled glass

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