July 28 – September 9 1984
From July 28 to September 9, 1984 the New Museum presented a ten-year survey of sculpture by Chicago artist Martin Puryear. The exhibition was organized by the University Gallery of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Puryear’s abstract sculptures, handcrafted from wood and other natural materials, range in form from linear to volumetric, often suggesting organic shapes. The exhibition, which featured more than twenty works, also included a series of painted, circular pieces, which the artist refers to as drawings in wood. After its New Museum showing, the exhibition traveled to the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in California.