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Martin Puryear

Puryear, Martin; Benezra, Neal; Storr, Robert (essay)

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ISBN 10: 0865590923 / ISBN 13: 9780865590922
Published by Art Institute of Chicago/Thames & Hudson, Chicago/NY, 1991
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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160pp. Color and b&w illus. Notes, Chronology, Exhibition History, Selected Bibliography. NF oversized exhibition catalogue in printed and photo-illustrated wraps, very minor edgewear, otherwise clean & tight. Published in conjunction with the exhbitiion organized by the Art Institute of Chicago; November 2,1991 - January 5, 1992. Bookseller Inventory # 17698

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Title: Martin Puryear

Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago/Thames & Hudson, Chicago/NY

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Oversized Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: 1st.

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Martin Puryear has been described as one of the most important sculptors working in America. His work is found in the collections of nearly every major US museum, and in 1989 he won first prize at the Sao Paula Bienal. Wood is Puryear's favourite medium, sometimes combined with tar, wire or other substances, and his abstract ensembles are often on an imposing scale. This volume aims to show the artist's full range of materials, techniques and influences, and the reasons for his international recognition.


Martin Puryear's sculpture has received increasing acclaim in the years since 1989, when he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant and the grand prize at the São Paulo Bienal, where he was the sole United States representative. Prepared to accompany a 1991 exhibition of his work at the Art Institute of Chicago, this cleanly designed and generously formatted catalog reflects the powerful simplicity of Puryear's work. Between two informative essays by Robert Starr and Neal Benezra, then curator of 20th-century painting and sculpture at the Art Institute, is a generous plate section reproducing more than 30 of Puryear's major works from 1974 to 1990. His sculpture is both meticulously crafted and completely unbound, evoking the most elemental forms of nature and landscape.

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