More than 15 years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing a large traveling exhibition covering the work of Martin Puryear. The experience is one that I treasured at the time and continues to stake clear residence in deep memory.
Since that exhibit the art of Martin Puryear has continued along it’s path always discovering new territories. The importance of this artist has not been overlooked as he’s been granted a large scale retrospect at the National Gallery of Art in DC.
Forty six sculptures make up this review that spans the East and West buildings. The National Gallery has not installed a show that has taken both buildings until now. It’s an appropriate choice as Puryear’s aesthetic also bridges the old to the new.
22 June – 28 September 2008
National Gallery of Art