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attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts grant and the Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts for the State of New Mexico. Bell's work has been exhibited throughout the world and is in many prestigious museum collections, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Bell maintains studios in Taos, New Mexico and Venice, California. (www.larrybell.com)
Larry Bell began his series of whimsical bronze stick figures in the early 1990's. Using a computer to sketch the figures in 2-D, Bell calls the resulting sculptures "three-dimensional calligraphy with narrative." Seemingly simple, it is astounding that a thin, drawn line can become an animated figure that seems to be moving through space. Petit Sumer #26 dances to its own tune and is a particularly joyful version. Most likely we will never own the original bronze that this little maquette grew up to be: Sumer #26 stands 30 feet tall, weighs many tons and is permanently installed at Langham Place in Mongkok, Hong Kong.