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Los Gatos sculptor selected for prestigious Venice art show

Los Gatos sculptor David Middlebrook has been busy packing, but the prolific artist and retired San Jose State art professor isn’t moving anywhere. He’s been preparing one of his pieces, “The Return,” — a life-size canoe held aloft by several 8-foot-high bamboo poles — to be shipped to Italy, where it’ll be one of two of his artworks exhibited at the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s most prestigious art festivals, beginning in April.

While this isn’t the first time he’s had a piece at Venice — he was part of a two-person exhibition during the Biennale a decade ago — he said he’s very pleased to have his work shown at the international art show again. The other sculpture going to the Biennale, “How the West Was Lost,” is a bronzed saddle originally sculpted out of corrugated cardboard with a marble horn.

Read the article on the Mercury News website