Martin Puryear

Michael Brenson

This meeting is the fourth and last in a series of meetings devoted to the work of those younger artists from whose work we will make a selection at our annual meeting as a gift to The Art Institute. We will deal at this meeting with the work of Martin Puryear, who is 46 years old and lives and works in Chicago. He was born in Washington, D.C. and obtained a BFA at Catholic University and an MFA at Yale University. He has had one person exhibitions at the Henri Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Protetch-McIntosh Gallery – all in Washington, D.C. – the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Young-Hoffman Gallery and the Chicago Cultural Center. He has been included in exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Sculpture International, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum and The Art Institute. Until the late 60’s, Puryear concentrated on painting and drawing. His studies at Yale clarified his interest in pursuing sculpture. The clean and compelling shapes he creates have great power and complexity and each piece evolves slowly. Puryear is a post-Minimalist who has managed to combine a traditional sculptural involvement with techniques that reflect some of the most celebrated methods of avant garde art, including Constructivism and assemblage. Michael Brenson has been with The New York Times since June 1982. He was born in New York, and educated at Rutgers and John Hopkins University, completing his doctoral thesis on the early work of Alberto Giacometti under Charles Stuckey. He has taught at Johns Hopkins, the American School of Paris and the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. His talk to the Society is the only one he has accepted during this current year.