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Martin Puryear

 (born 1941)
Martin Puryear is active/lives in Illinois, New York, District Of Columbia.  Martin Puryear is known for abstract wooden structure sculptor.

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Martin Puryear

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Of his sculpture Martin Puryear has said: "I think my work speaks to anybody who has the capacity to slow down."

Puryear is best known for his works in hard wood, his primary medium, but he also utilizes other materials including rawhide and wire. Michael Kimmelman noted in the "New York Times" (March 1, 1992), "No artist today has a greater reverence for wood or can do more with it." In 1989, Puryear represented the United States at the Sao Paulo Bienal, thus becoming the first black artist to represent the U.S. officially in an international art exhibition.

The oldest of the children--five sons and two daughters--of Reginald Puryear, a postal worker, and Martina Puryear, an elementary-school teacher, Martin Puryear was born   ...  Displaying 750 of 14273 characters.



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About  Martin Puryear

Born:  1941 - Washington, District Of Columbia
Known for:  abstract wooden structure sculptor