MARTIN PURYEAR

Born: Washington, D.C., 1941

Education: Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., B.A., 1963
Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, Stockholm, 1966-1968
Yale University, New Haven, CT, M.F.A in Sculpture, 1971

One-Person Exhibitions:

2017
Parasol Unit, London (catalogue)
, The Prints Center, Philadelphia
Recent Acquisitions: Martin Puryear, Prints, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME

2016
Big Bling, Madison Square Park, Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York. Traveled to Schuylkill River Park, Association for Public Art, Philadelphia

2015
Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions, Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Traveled to Art Institute of Chicago, and Smithsonian American Art Museum (catalogue)

2014
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (catalogue)

2012
Mckee Gallery, New York (catalogue)
“T” Space, Rhinebeck, NY

2010
Prints, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Martin Puryear Prints: Selections from the JPMorgan Chase Collection, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

2009
Kleinert/James Art Gallery, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY

2008
Prints, de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

2007
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Traveled to Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (catalogue)

2005
Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
Artworks from the Anderson Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2003
New Work, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England. Traveled to Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (catalogue)
Prints, Hemphill Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2002
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. Traveled to Miami Art Museum; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; and Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (catalogue)
McKee Gallery, New York

2000
The Cane Project, The Studio Museum, New York

1999
Drawing into Sculpture, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

1997
Fundación “la Caixa”, Madrid (catalogue)
Donald Young Gallery, Seattle

1995
McKee Gallery, New York

1993
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art

1991
Art Institute of Chicago. Traveled to Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Philadelphia Museum of Art (catalogue)

1990
Connections, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1989
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

1988
McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Grand Lobby Installation, Brooklyn Museum

1987
David McKee Gallery, New York
Donald Young Gallery, Seattle, WA
Public and Personal, The Chicago Public Library Cultural Center (catalogue)
Sculpture/Drawings, Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh

1985
Matrix Program, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

1984
Ten-Year Survey, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Traveled to The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA; The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston; New Museum, New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA (catalogue)

1983
Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

1982
McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

1981
Delahunty Gallery, Dallas
and/or Gallery, Seattle

1980
Options 2, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (catalogue)
I-80 Series, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL

1979
Protetch-McIntosh Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1978
Protetch-McIntosh Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1977
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1973
Henri 2 Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1972
Fisk University Gallery, Nashville, TN
Henri 2 Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1968
Gröna Palletten Gallery, Stockholm


Group Exhibitions:

2017
Recent Acquisitions: Martin Puryear, Prints, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
One of Many: Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Portfolios, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

2016
Approaching American Abstraction: The Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Abstracting Nature, Newark Museum, NJ
Dimensions of Black: A Collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA

2015
Black Fire: A Constant State of Revolution, Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings Spanning 500 Years, Portland Art Museum, OR
10 Sculptures, Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles
The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery, The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
River Crossings, Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site, Catskill and Hudson, NY

2014
Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Represent: 200 Years in African-American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Dick Polich: Transforming Metal into Art, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.

2013
Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, The Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC. Traveled to San Jose Museum of Art
Multiplicity: Contemporary Prints from the Smithsonian Art Museum, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

2012
African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center,
David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2010
A Force of Change: African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund, Montclair
Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Line, Letter and Form, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
Sculpture, McKee Gallery, New York

2009
The Sculptor’s Hand, Tasende Gallery, La Jolla
A Matter of Form, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
The Endless Renaissance, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach
Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
Die Gegenwart der Linie, Die Pinakothek der Moderne, Staatlich Graphische Sammlung München, Munich
Art at Colby: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art,
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Artists and the Natural World, McKee Gallery, New York
New Prints 2009/Autumn, International Print Center, New York
Sculpture: Chamberlain, Cornell, Flavin, Jenney, Kusama, Lewitt, Melotti and Puryear,
Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York

2008
Origins, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peeskill, NY
Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture Part II, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
Art for Yale: Collecting for a new century, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2007
Early Signs: Celmins, Puryear, Youngblood, McKee Gallery, New York
Part One: 1976-1980, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
Estampes, Galerie Lelong, Paris

2006
Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection, The
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Selections from the Collection of Edward R. Broida, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

2005
Sculpture: An Intuitive View, McKee Gallery, New York
Africa in America, Seattle Art Museum

2004
Contemporary Art and Furniture Design in Dialogue, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York
Love/Hate: From Magritte to Cattelan: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Villa Manin, Italy
Gyroscope series, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Art by MacArthur Fellows, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2003
Breathless, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
New Prints: Jake Berthot, Vija Celmins, Martin Puryear, McKee Gallery, New York

2002
110 Years: The Permanent Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Forth Worth, TX
Gifts in Honor of the 125th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston
In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit. Traveled to Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; Brooklyn Museum; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Drawings, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
To Be Looked At: Painting and Sculpture from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Material Differences: Contemporary Viewpoints, Museum for African Art, New York
According with Nadelman: Contemporary Affinities, June Kelly Gallery, New York

2001
New to the Modern: Recent Acquisitions from the Department of Drawings, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Draughtsman’s Colors: Fourteen New Acquisitions from Johns to Chong, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Yale University School of Art Alumni Choice Exhibition, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
New Land Marks: Public Art, Community, and the Meaning of Place, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia

2000
Celebrating Modern Art: Highlights of the Anderson Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
NEW Works, McKee Gallery, New York
Strength and Diversity: A Celebration of African American Artists, Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Making Choices, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1999
The American Century Art & Culture, 1950-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art
Weaving the World: Contemporary Art of Linear Construction, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Boxes: Intimate Spaces, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

1998
The Edward R. Broida Collection: A Selection of Works, Orlando Museum of Art
Face to Face: Art in Public, Marlborough Chelsea, New York
Essence of the Orb, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York
Narratives of African American Art of the 20th Century: The David C. Driskell Collection, The Art Gallery of the University of Maryland, College Park, MD
The African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

1997
Forma Lignea, American Academy in Rome, Rome
American Stories: Amidst Displacement and Transformation, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo. Traveled to Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan; Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Fukui, Japan; Kurashiki City Art Museum, Kurashiki City, Japan; Akita Preferctural Integrated Life Cultural Hall, Akita, Japan
Envisioning the Contemporary: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Selections from the Permanent Collection: Identity/Identidad, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA

1996
Masterworks of Modern Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. Traveled as A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection to Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Abstraction in the Twentieth Century: Total Risk, Freedom, Discipline, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Wanås 1996, Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
Art in Chicago, 1945 – 1955, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Faret Tachikawa: City and Art Today, National Technical Museum, Prague

1995
Twentieth Century American at The White House: Exhibition III, First Ladies’ Garden, The White House, Washington, D.C.
The Material Imagination, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York
New Works on Paper: Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Martin Puryear, Richard Serra, Donald Young Gallery, Seattle

1994
Western Artists/African Art, The Museum for African Art, New York
Visions of America: Landscape as Metaphor in the Late Twentieth Century, Denver Art Museum.Traveled to Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Putting Things Together: Recent Sculpture from the Anderson Collection, The Art
Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, CA
Donald Young Gallery, Seattle

1993
Visual Arts Encounter: African Americans and Europe, Salle Clemenceau, Palais du Luxembourg, Paris
Collective Pursuits: Mount Holyoke Investigates Modernism, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
Yale Collects Yale, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Living with Art: The Collection of Ellyn & Saul Dennison, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
American Art in the 20th Century: Painting and Sculpture 1913 – 1993, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin. Traveled to Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Saatchi Gallery, London
Drawing the Line Against AIDS, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (under the aegis of the 45th Venice Biennale). Traveled to Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York

1992
Allegories of Modernism: Contemporary Drawing, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Process to Presence: Issues in Sculpture, 1960 to 1990, in conjunction with the 14th International Sculpture Conference, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Donald Young Gallery, Seattle
Documenta 9, Kassel

1991
Devil on the Stairs: Looking Back at the Eighties, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Traveled to Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Reprise: The Vera G. List Collection, David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI
Small Scale Sculpture, Sewell Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston

1990
Black USA, Museum Overholland, Amsterdam
Selected Artists from the First 20 Years, Max Protetch Gallery, New York
The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s, New Museum, New York
Objects of Potential: Five American Sculptors from the Anderson Collection, Wiegand
Gallery, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA

1989
Art in Place: 15 Years of Acquisitions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Traditions and Transformation: Contemporary Afro-American Sculpture, Bronx
Museum of the Arts, New York
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Introspective: Contemporary American Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Descent, California Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles
New Sculpture: Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Martin Puryear, Susana Solano, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
Prints by Sculptors, Landfall Press, New York

1988
From the Southern Cross: A View of World Art c. 1940-1988, 1988 Sydney Biennale, Sydney. Traveled to National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Private Works for Public Spaces: Drawings, Maquettes and Documentation for Unrealized Public Artworks, R.C. Erpf Gallery, New York
Spectrum: Mary Beth Edelson, Martin Puryear, Italo Scanga, Robert Stackhouse, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The World of Art Today, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Innovations in Sculpture, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
SKULPTUR: Material + Abstraktion: 2 x 5 Positionen, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau,
Switzerland. Traveled to Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, and Swiss Institute & City Gallery, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York
Enclosing the Void, Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center, New York
New Sculpture/Six Artists, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis
Scupture Inside Outside, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

1987
Structure to Resemblance: Work by Eight American Sculptors, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Fifty Years of Collecting: An Anniversary Selection of Sculpture of the Modern Era, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Emerging Artists: 1978-1986: Selection from the Exxon Series, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

1986
After Nature, Germans Van Eck Gallery, New York
Sculpture on Stetson: 1986, Two Illinois Center, Chicago
Natural Forms and Forces: Abstract Images in American Sculpture, Hayden Gallery, List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art, 1945-1986, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Installations and Sculpture: Inaugural Exhibition, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
Personal References, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

1985
Chicago Sculpture International/MILE 4, State Street Mall, Chicago
Sculpture Overview 1985, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Basically Wood, Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston
Choosing: An Exhibit of Changing Perspectives in Modern Art and Art Criticism by Black Americans 1925-1985, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Traveled to Chicago State University, Chicago; Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth, VA; and Howard University, Washington D.C.
The Artist as Social Designer: Aspects of Public Urban Art Today, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Black Creativity, Generations in Transition: 80 Years of Black American Expression, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Anniottanta, Invitational, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna
Transformations in Sculpture: Four Decades in American and European Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Artist and Architects, Challenges in Collaboration, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art
Inaugural Exhibition, Tyler Gallery, Temple University, Philadelphia

1984
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
American Sculpture, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago
Collaborating: The Power of the Artist and Architect Co-Designing Parks, Plazas, Public Places from New York to Seattle, McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Houston
Proposals and Projects: World Fairs, Waterfronts, Parks and Plazas, Rhona Hoffman
Gallery, Chicago
American Sculpture, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
“Primitivism” in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Transformation of the Minimal Style, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York

1983
Five Artists/NOAA Collaboration, Seattle Art Museum Pavilion, Seattle
Invitational Exhibition, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York
Beyond the Monument, Documentation of Public Art Projects and Proposals, Hayden
Corridor Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1982
Afro-American Abstraction, organized by the American Museum Association. Traveled to MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN; The Art Center, South Bend, IN; The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH; Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; and Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX
Works in Wood, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Invitational Exhibition, Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI
Form and Function, Proposals for Public Art for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia
N.A.M.E. Gallery in Pittsburgh, Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
The 74th American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago
American Abstraction Now, Richmond Institute of Contemporary Art of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Mayor Byrne’s Mile of Sculpture, International Art Exposition, Chicago

1981
The New Spiritualism: Transcendent Images in Painting and Sculpture, Oscarsson Hood
Gallery, New York. Traveled to Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, and Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
City Sculpture, The Chicago Public Library Cultural Center
Instruction Drawings, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Artists’ Parks and Gardens, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Sculptural Density, Visual Arts Museum, School of Visual Arts, New York

1980
The Black Circle, A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Chicago, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Afro-American Abstraction, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York. Traveled to Everson Gallery, Syracuse, NY

1979
Art and Architecture, Space and Structure, Protetch-McIntosh Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Custom and Culture, organized by Creative Time, U.S. Customs House, New York
Wave Hill: The Artist’s View, Wave Hill, New York

1978
Young American Artists: 1978 Exxon National Exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum, New York
The Presence of Nature, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1977
The Material Dominant, Pennsylvania State University Museum of Art, University Park, PA
The Program in the Visual Arts, Artpark, Lewiston, NY

1974
National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
New Talent at Maryland, The Art Gallery at University of Maryland, College Park, MD

1971
Prints and Paintings by Black Artists, Union South Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison

1969
Group Exhibition, Lunn Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1968
Annual Exhibition, Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, Stockholm

1965
Group Show, U.S.I.S. Gallery, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Annual Exhibition, Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, Stockholm
Stockholm Biennial Exhibition, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm

1962
Annual Exhibition, Baltimore Museum of Art
Puryear, Raymond, Termini, Adams-Morgan Gallery, Washington, D.C.