Former MFAH Core Fellow Dies Suddenly

by Paula Newton October 13, 2017

Lawrence Argent stands under I See What You Mean, known as the “big blue bear,” a 40-foot-tall sculpture of a bear that peers into the windows of the Colorado Convention Center. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Lawrence Argent, who was a Core Fellow at the MFAH’s Glassell School of Art from 1986–1987, died unexpectedly last week at age 60, reports the University of Houston News. The Denver Post writes that the cause of death will not be available for a few weeks, pending further investigation.

Your Move. Image via UH News

Argent, Professor Emeritus at the University of Denver, had another connection to Houston. In 2011, he installed Your Move in the courtyard of UH’s University Lofts. Mike Guidry, curator of Public Art at the University of Houston System, said of Argent, “He brought something to the art collection we didn’t have before like a level of humor and fantastical beauty.”

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