Saturday, June 21, 2008

Martin Puryear at the National Gallery

The Martin Puryear show opens tomorrow at the National Gallery. I saw it on Tuesday, and it's really impressive. Puryear is from D.C., and at the press opening he talked about how growing up he would visit the National Gallery all the time.

Puryear's sculptures use wood, tar and found objects, and incorporate craft techniques from around the world. The influence of his travels to Africa, Japan and Scandanavia are apparent in the large sculptures.

One of the most notable pieces is Ladder for Booker T. Washington, a 36-foot high ladder in the rotunda of the West Building.

Right, C.F.A.O.

1 comment:

Emily said...

I loved it when I saw it at MoMA. Very Grimm's Fairytales—whimsical, but not without wickedness.