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Larry Fuente, Game Fish, 1988, mixed media: wood, plastic, beads, buttons, poker chips, badminton birdies, ping pong balls, rhinest, 51 1/2 x 112 1/2 x 10 3/4 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1991.61

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Since the late 1960s, California artist Larry Fuente has transformed banal, commercial products into works of wonder and mystery. Game Fish began as a found object—a mounted sailfish trophy. Fuente then applied game-related artifacts—dice, miniature pinball games, poker chips, ping-pong balls, yo-yos, dominoes, and even badminton birdies—to create a flamboyant sculpture that is itself a play on words!

Explore more of the Renwick Gallery's artworks in our online exhibition Masters of Their Craft: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and in the accompanying book. Check out our complete lineup of online exhibitions, too!


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