Martin Puryear at the David McKee Gallery, New York.
March 3April 15, 1995
Seven years ago, Martin Puryears sculpture was shown in the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum; few exhibitions of contemporary art have left so profound an impression on me. The majority of installations that have occupied this space have been but frantic attempts at diverting museum visitors while they checked their duffel bags. Puryears work, however, animated the lobby with sculptural poise, engaging viewers with its considerable grace and artisanship. Indeed, the exhibition heralded a sculptor of formidable talent.
Since the Brooklyn exhibition of 1988, Puryears sculpture has been little seen in New York City. (His mid-career retrospective of 199192 did not travel to New York, a curatorial blooper that says more about the peculiarities of our cultural institutions than about the merits of...