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This 2006 sculpture by Matt Johnson typifies the artist's use of wit, paradox, and juxtaposition to bring out the special qualities of his chosen materials. In "Buddha Crab," a bronze crab plated in 24-karat gold is posed atop a tall mound of epoxy-fixed sand, inviting both contemplation and an appreciation of the surreal.

Artwork measures 14 x 14 x 13 inches (35.6 x 35.6 x 33 cm).

Matt Johnson (b. 1978) is an American sculptor best known for his whimsical conceptual works made principally from sand, granite, metal, wood, and glass. Johnson received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003. He has had solo exhibitions at 303 Gallery, New York, NY (2012); Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (2006, 2011); Alison Jacques Gallery, London, England (2010); and Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY (2004, 2005, 2009). He has also participated in group shows at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY; the Saatchi Gallery, London, England; and Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, among many others. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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  • Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 13 in. (35.56 x 35.56 x 33.02 cm.)
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