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These bronze bookends from one of Spain's most revered sculptors are dynamic figurations of one-armed men grappling with oversize books, evoking the tension between the physical and the intellectual while also challenging the materiality of the bookend as object.

Madrid-born artist Juan Muñoz (Spanish, 1953–2001) is celebrated for his innovative combination of sculpture and installation art, in works that place figures in a specific architectural setting in order to blur the line between reality and artifice. He first gained recognition in the 1970s with sculptures of dwarves, ballerinas, mannequins, and animated figures, which he mounted on block-shaped bases to give them a sense of inanimate repose. Muñoz attended London's Central School of Art and Design from 1976-1977 before receiving a British Council scholarship in 1978 to attend the Croydon School of Art in London. In 1982, he traveled to the United States on a Fullbright scholarship to study at New York's Pratt Institute. Muñoz worked in several media, always looking to obscure the boundaries between sculpture, painting, installation, and performance. He created many public installations on commission during his lifetime, and was awarded Spain’s Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas Prize in 2000, shortly before his death in 2001.

In 2008, The Tate Modern in London, England organized a major retrospective of Muñoz's work, which traveled to Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao, Spain and Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Recently, his work has been exhibited in solo shows at Skarstedt Fine Art, New York , NY (2012); Frith Street Gallery, London, England (2012); Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany (2009); and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2009).

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  • Private Collection, USA
  • Pickup Location: New Mexico, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10.5 x 6 x 7 in. (26.67 x 15.24 x 17.78 cm.)
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