<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: --><!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->Martin Puryear
(born May 23, 1941) is an African American sculptor
. He works in media including wood, stone, tar, and wire,Karen O. Janovy, Janice Driesbach, Daniel A. Siedell, Norman A. Geske,David Cateforis, Sculpture from the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
, University of Nebraska Press, 2006, p239. ISBN 080327629X and his work is a union of minimalism
and traditional crafts.
Martin Puryear was born in Washington, D.C.
, and he spent his youth studying practical crafts, learning how to build guitars and furniture. He received a B.A. from The Catholic University of America
in 1963 and was a Peace Corps
volunteer in Sierra Leone
Horst Woldemar Janson, Anthony F. Janson, History of Art: The Western Tradition
, Prentice Hall, 2004, p882. ISBN 0131828959 from 1964 to 1966. In the late 1960s, he studied printmaking in Sweden
and assisted a master cabinet-maker. He entered the Yale University
graduate sculpture program in 1968.
His first solo exhibition was held in the late 1970s at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
. In the 1980s he participated in two Whitney Biennials
and received a Guggenheim Fellowship
. He received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
In 2003, he... Read More