Martin Puryear: Prints, 1962-2016 

September 8 — November 18, 2017

Thursday, September 7

Gallery Talk     5:30pm

    with Elizabeth F. Spungen, Executive Director 

Opening Reception     6:00 - 8:00pm

Martin Puryear, Untitled VI, State 1, 2012. © Martin Puryear, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Martin Puryear (b. 1941 in Washington, DC) is an internationally renowned sculptor who has also created an extensive body of works on paper. This exhibition offers an in-depth investigation of his prints.

Guest curated by independent curator Ruth Fine

The forms explored in Puryear’s sculpture, often rooted in nature, are equally powerful in his prints, the creation of which has been sporadic. As evident in this exhibition, Puryear’s most expansive bodies of prints date to the 1960s, and since 1999. During these past two decades, his productivity in printmaking has been extensive, emphasizing the most tactile of the print processes: woodcut, a relief process, and the various etching (intaglio) techniques.

– Ruth Fine

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Association for Public Art's temporary installation of Puryear's sculpture Big Bling in Philadelphia (June-November 2017).


Martin Puryear, Big Bling, 2016, Installation view Kelly Drive, Philadelphia, Collection of the Artist, Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery. © Martin Puryear, Photo: James Ewing Photography for Association for Public Art