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This sculpture of a blue jaguar by Manuel Jimenez Ramirez was one of the pieces accepted by the  Fowler Museum. “I haven’t gotten used to it yet,” said Clark, referring to the process of donating his art. “It’s very strange.”

For 56 years, Lee Clark has lived among the pieces that comprise his collection of Mexican art. Now Clark, 81, has found a new home for at least part of his now massive collection.

It was moving day at Clark’s central Bakersfield condo Aug. 3 when representatives from UCLA’s Fowler Museum arrived with packing cases and bubble wrap to take the first batch of pieces from the collection. As his health has declined, Clark has been looking for a place to which he could entrust his life’s work — more than 2,500 pieces of art ranging from the Stone Age to the modern

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