Untitled VI (State 2)

About Martin Puryear

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.

American, b. 1941, Washington, D.C., based in Hudson Valley, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
RARE, COLLECTIBLE AND HISTORIC FINE ART POSTERS, Alpha 137 Gallery, New York
2016
Paulson Bott Press: Celebrating 20 Years, de Young Museum, San Francisco
2016
Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions, Smithsonian American Art Museum, NW Washington, DC
2016
Martin Puryear: Big Bling, Madison Square Park, New York
2014
Martin Puryear: Recent Prints, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions, Smithsonian American Art Museum, NW Washington, DC
2016
Martin Puryear: Big Bling, Madison Square Park, New York
2014
Martin Puryear: Recent Prints, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
RARE, COLLECTIBLE AND HISTORIC FINE ART POSTERS, Alpha 137 Gallery, New York
2016
Paulson Bott Press: Celebrating 20 Years, de Young Museum, San Francisco
2015
Duo: A Group Show, Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley
2014
IN EDITION, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington
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