Martin Puryear: Etchings

May 21 - July 29, 2016

In celebration of Martin Puryear’s monumental sculpture, Big Bling, installed in New York’s Madison Square Park through January 2017, Senior & Shopmaker is pleased to present a selection of etchings produced by the artist at Paulson Bott Press from 2008 through 2014.

Puryear’s printmaking is intimately connected to and revelatory of the creative process which informs his nuanced and meticulously crafted sculptures. In the artist’s words, “Prints are direct. It’s very freeing to work so directly. There is an element of immediacy about it, or there should be. In my hands it often isn’t because I tend to be difficult to satisfy in terms of getting it the way I want it.”  In his prints, Puryear uses line to investigate a form’s potential, whether schematic and minimal as in Untitled VI (State I) and Untitled VI (State II), 2012, or dense and volumetric in his description of the narrative forms in Black Cart and Phrygian.

Puryear’s graphic work is currently the subject of Multiple Dimensions, a traveling exhibition organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, which traveled to the Morgan Library & Museum, New York and opens May 27th at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.