Charles Bell (1935-1995)
Charles Bell (1935-1995)
Charles Bell (1935-1995)
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Charles Bell (1935-1995)

Double Advance

Charles Bell (1935-1995)
Double Advance
oil on canvas
48 x 60 1/8 in. (121.9 x 152.7 cm.)
Painted in 1977.
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1979
H. Geldzahler and L. K. Meisel, Charles Bell: The Complete Works 1970-1990, New York, 1991, pp. 38 and 66, fig. 89 (illustrated).
New York, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Charles Bell, November 1977.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Painting & Sculpture Today 1978, June-July 1978, no. 22.
Phoenix Art Museum, New York Now, April-May 1979.

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Lot Essay

"Double Advance was an experiment, not only with light and dark but with the extreme field-of-focus blur and clarity that only a camera can produce. In this work, Bell was openly answering those who criticized the camera and the photograph as tools by saying, 'Hey...I am using the camera...Do the same thing without it if you can, but you could save a lot of time using it!'"
—L. K. Meisel, "The Images," in H. Geldzahler and L. K. Meisel, Charles Bell: The Complete Works, 1970-1990, New York, 1991, p. 38

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