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"Bell," executed in 1986, is a classic work by Saint Clair Cemin. Provocative and surreal, this sculpture melds semi-figurative allusions with the artist's distinctive brand of abstraction. The bell itself is fully functional, and "clangs" when rung.

Unrestrained by any one material, movement, or theme, Brazilian artist Saint Clair Cemin (b.1951) creates hybrid sculptures and works on paper that reference tradition while maintaining a contemporary imagination. Not separating craft from art, Cemin experiments with diverse styles and materials, taking risks to allow for innovation and creation. Cemin studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France from 1975 to 1978 before moving to New York. His graphic work, sculptures, and monuments have been displayed all over the world, with recent solo exhibitions at Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France (2010); and Sikkema Jenkins, Co. New York, NY (2008). A retrospective of his work was held at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil in 2009.

Selected Public Collections:

Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

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  • Jack Tilton Gallery, New York Private Collection, New York
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 9 in. (30.48 x 22.86 x 22.86 cm.)
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