Martin Puryear

American, b. 1941

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Martin Puryear

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American, b. 1941

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Biography

Martin Puryear’s practice is dedicated to craftsmanship and traditional building techniques. Puryear, whose distinctive style has been considered a descendant of Minimalism, began studying many forms of craft in his youth; his variegated training includes carpentry, stone masonry, boat building, basketry, construction, and woodworking—many of which directly influenced Puryear when he began his artistic career in the 1970s. He is best known for his use of natural materials in creating his sculptures, including tar, rawhide, stone, wire, metals, and, most frequently, wood. His works are typically abstract and geometric; in Puryear’s words, he “makes things rather than representations of them,” and avoids references to time and place. Frequent themes in his sculpture include loss, uncertainty, and emptiness.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Artforum, and 6 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Biography

Martin Puryear’s practice is dedicated to craftsmanship and traditional building techniques. Puryear, whose distinctive style has been considered a descendant of Minimalism, began studying many forms of craft in his youth; his variegated training includes carpentry, stone masonry, boat building, basketry, construction, and woodworking—many of which directly influenced Puryear when he began his artistic career in the 1970s. He is best known for his use of natural materials in creating his sculptures, including tar, rawhide, stone, wire, metals, and, most frequently, wood. His works are typically abstract and geometric; in Puryear’s words, he “makes things rather than representations of them,” and avoids references to time and place. Frequent themes in his sculpture include loss, uncertainty, and emptiness.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
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Sep 27th, 2018
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Sneak Peek into Martin Puryear’s Major Sculpture in Beijing
Feb 2nd, 2015
Sneak Peek into Martin Puryear’s Major Sculpture in Beijing
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