Martin Puryear

1. – First met Harry Roseman and his wife Catherine Murphy at the home of friends/neighbors Joyce Robins & Tom Nozkowski at least 15 years ago, if my memory serves me.

2. A statement about your work and/or a brief autobiographical statement.——–I make things, including sculpture, preferably by hand.

BRIEF BIO –Martin Puryear was born in Washington, D.C. and educated at the Catholic University of America. After his undergraduate studies, he spent two years teaching English, French and Biology in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He went on to study at the Swedish Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm and later received his MFA from Yale University. In 1977, he created his first large-scale outdoor sculpture at Artpark in Lewiston, N.Y., and had a one-person exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Also in 1977, a fire destroyed his Brooklyn studio and many works of sculpture, precipitating a move in Chicago where he lived and worked for 13 years. He traveled to Japan in 1983 on a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1989, he received a MacArthur Foundation Grant and was awarded the Grand Prize at he 20th International Biennial at Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he represented the United States. Martin Puryear worked at the Calder Atelier in Sache, France in 1992, at the invitation of the French Ministry of Culture. In 1994 he completed Bearing Witness a forty foot high sculpture of hammer formed and welded bronze for the Federal Triangle Plaza in Washington, D.C. A monumental stainless steel sculpture for The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, That Profile, was created in 1999. Most recently an eighteen foot granite sculpture for TV Asahi in Tokyo, Japan, Guardian Stone, was completed in 2003. An exhibition of his work was organized by The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2007. It will travel to The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Puryear’s work is represented in museums and private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan.