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Mark Di Suvero

Mark Di Suvero (09/18/1933- )  was born in Shanghai, China.  He moved to San Francisco with his family in 1941.  Di Suvero began painting in 1953 and went to school to study sculpture and philosophy.  In 1957, he moved to New York City and eventually mastered the use of a crane and began using it for his massive sculptures.  Some of his earlier sculptures were assemblages of found objects such as rope, wire, tires, chains, and wooden beams (and often constructed with moving parts).  His 1966 sculpture, entitled "Tower of Peace," was built to protest the Vietnam War.  Later, he became well known for his monumental metal sculpture, made of I-beams or large sheets of steel. He has received numerous awards such as the Longview Foundation Grant, the Walter K. Gutman Foundation Grant, and the Art Institute of Chicago Award (1963). He has shown his work in various exhibitions such as "American Sculpture of the Sixties," in Los Angeles, California, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1967.  Di Suvero has industrial studios in France, California, and New York City, and divides his time between the three places.

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