National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

Image: Martin Puryear, June 22 to September 28, 2008

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

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Exhibition Feature
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Exhibition Brochure
Image: Martin Puryear Exhibition Brochure
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Family Guide
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NGA Arttalks:
Ruth Fine, curator of special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art, and John Elderfield, exhibition curator and chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art.

Martin Puryear, Part 1: Evolution of an Exhibition
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Martin Puryear, Part 2: Defining the Object
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NGA Notable Lectures:
Martin Puryear: "Sculpture that Tries to Describe Itself to the World"
Ruth Fine, curator of special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art
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Martin Puryear: "How Things Fit Together"
John Elderfield, chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York
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Works by
Martin Puryear in the
Gallery's Collection

Biography of
Martin Puryear

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Education Resources
Art since 1950 (PDF 2.2MB)
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Press Materials

Twombly, Untitled, Gaeta 1993A native Washingtonian who has achieved international acclaim, Martin Puryear (b. 1941) has created a distinctive body of sculpture that defies categorization. Serenely quiet and poetic, his work explores natural forms and materials, especially a wide variety of woods, and it engages issues of history, culture, and identity. In the first American retrospective of the artist's work in more than 15 years, some 48 objects created between 1976 and 2007 reflect the integration of concepts of minimalism.

Organization: Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Sponsor: The exhibition is sponsored by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

Generous support is also provided by Glenstone.

Additional support is provided by Lannan Foundation.