“Puryear employs traditional techniques to create his work, which is testimony to his deep respect for skilled craftsmanship”
Martin Puryear’s abstract sculptures have a unique aesthetic and are meticulously hand-made, most often from wood. Puryear employs traditional techniques to create his work, which is testimony to his deep respect for skilled craftsmanship. This approach and his inherent sensibility impart a subtlety in his works which touch on issues of identity.
Even as Puryear’s work challenges viewers to consider weighty questions of oppression and racial identity, his approach is subtle, his touch light. 'What is there, and has consistently been throughout Mr. Puryear’s career,' Holland Cotter wrote in The Times in 2014, 'is work that’s political, playful, sweet to the eye and deep.'
Released on the occasion of Martin Puryear’s solo exhibition at Parasol unit, London, 19 September – 6 December 2017, the publication includes full-page colour reproductions of the works in the exhibition and his large-scale public works. It is also accompanied by two insightful essays by Robert Storr, renowned American scholar, curator and critic, as well as by Dr. Ziba Ardalan, director and curator of Parasol unit, London. The hand-numbered publication has a limited run of 500 copies.