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Martin Puryear (American, 1941-)

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This bronze sculpture by Martin Puryear bears a likeness to a bird perched on a tree, or perhaps the upright figure of a human body. Through their evocation of familiar forms, Puryear’s abstractions allow for diverse interpretations.

Drawing from his lifelong fascination with traditional craft and modern design, Puryear uses various techniques to create sculptures that reveal his unwavering commitment to the handmade. Although this work is cast in bronze, traces of wood grain are evident on the surface of the sculpture, referencing the woodworking techniques that the artist typically employs.

Object Information

artist
Martin Puryear (American, 1941-)
creation date
1993
materials
bronze
dimensions
77-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 13-3/4 in.
accession number
1994.4
credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund and Henry F. and Katherine D. DeBoest Memorial Fund
copyright
© Martin Puryear
collection
Contemporary Art
colors

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