Martin Puryear

Liberty | Libertà

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Martin Puryear
Liberty | Libertà

Text(s) by Anne M. Wagner, Tobi Haslett, Darby English, Brooke Kamin Rapaport


2019. 160 pp., 110 ills.


22.00 x 28.70 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4621-2

Sweet Land of Liberty

Martin Puryear’s enduring approach has galvanized his art for more than five decades: issues of democracy, identity, and liberty have long propelled him. Readers of this volume will learn how an artist’s handling of a symbolic but vital human subject— namely, liberty—can be best expressed in sculptural form through a visual language of great originality and certitude. Liberty / Libertà, published on the occasion of the artist’s exhibition in the United States Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, focuses on significant new work called Swallowed Sun. In addition to extensive illustrations of recent work and new sculptures made for the Biennale, including monumental outdoor sculpture, the book features major texts by Darby English, Tobi Haslett, U.S. Commissioner Brooke Kamin Rapaport, and Anne M. Wagner.

MARTIN PURYEAR (*1941, Washington) is one of the most important American sculptors. Numerous exhibitions, including retrospective at MoMa, New York 2007, participation at documenta IX, 1992.

U.S. Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia
​May 11—November 24, 2019

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