Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions at The Morgan Library & Museum, October 9, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Photographs by Corrado Serra.

“One of the most important contemporary American artists, Martin Puryear (b. 1941) is known primarily for the refined elegance of his abstract, hand-made sculptures. However, throughout his career he has consistently turned to drawing to elaborate ideas and forms for works in three dimensions.

Puryear has described his development as ‘linear in the sense that a spiral is linear. I come back to similar territory at different times.’ The exhibition highlights this iterative process, showing how the artist takes an elemental form and rediscovers and refashions it in diverse media, often over many years, moving among levels of abstraction and experimenting with scale and materials.” — The Morgan Library & Museum

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Shackled, 2014, Iron

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“Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions” in Engelhard Gallery, 2nd Floor

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Installation view of “The Formative Years”

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Installation view of “The Formative Years”

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Aquatints and etchings from the section “The Formative Years”

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Left: Quadroon, 1966–67, Soft ground etching and aquatint, in black, with plate tone monotype in brown, on cream wove paper. Right: MLK Elegi, 1968, Soft ground etching and aquatint on shaped plate, with burnishing, printed in brown on ivory wove paper

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Center: Vessel, 1997–2002, Eastern white pine, mesh, and tar

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Vessel, 1997–2002

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Left: Face Down, 2008, White bronze. Right: Vessel, 1997–2002

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Vessel, 1997–2002

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Drawings, 1986 – 2003

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Left: Untitled, 1978, Graphite and black Conté crayon on ivory wove paper. Right: Untitled, Drawing for Night and Day, Ca. 1984, Graphite on ivory wove paper

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Left: Untitled, 2009, Bronze. Right: Untitled, 2009, Pine