The Museum of Modern Art presents a major exhibition of the sculpture of the acclaimed American artist Martin Puryear (b. 1941). The retrospective will feature approximately forty-five sculptures, following the development of Puryear's artistic career over the last thirty years, from his first solo museum show in 1977 to the present day. Puryear began his career in the 1970s alongside other members of the Post-Minimalist generation. Working primarily in wood, he has maintained an unwavering commitment to manual skill and traditional building methods. His sculptures are rich with psychological and intellectual references, examining issues of identity, culture, and history. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication illustrating all works in the exhibition, with additional reference illustrations of the artist's works and other comparative material.
Organized by John Elderfield, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture.
The exhibition is sponsored by CIT and by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro.
Major support is provided by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art.
Additional funding is provided by the George and Joyce Wein Foundation.
Presented with The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, this series explores works of art as reflections of their political and social context. John Elderfield, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture and organizer of the exhibition, and Martin Puryear discuss the artist's work and the exhibition.
Through a series of presentations and a moderated discussion, David Levi Strauss, scholar, critic, and chair of the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department, School of Visual Arts; Judith Russi Kirshner, professor of Art History and dean of the College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago; Josiah McElheny, artist; Terry Winters, artist; and others offer their perspectives on the work of Martin Puryear. John Elderfield, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, and organizer of the exhibition, moderates the discussion.
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