A current show of Martin Puryear's
prints at Cincinnati Art Museum, on display now through June 13, offers
insight into Puryear's motivations and process. It features 23 prints plus a
book for which he did woodcut illustrations. It is a good introduction
to a major living American — and African-American — artist, for those
who haven’t seen that much of his work. (And wouldn’t it be great to
have one of his sculptures here?)
A minimalist in terms of avoiding overt figuration and honoring the suggestive power of lines and shapes, he often chooses organic materials for his sculpture.
But even when he works in metal, he makes it look like something in a forest. Or something preserved from an ancient civilization, a simple but elegant vessel or container that has survived technological change.
Get show details and read more about his work in The Big Picture here.