"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
PREVIEW: Martin Puryear in Season 2 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2003)
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Martin Puryear's sculptures—in wood, stone, tar, wire, and various metals—are a marriage of Minimalist logic with traditional ways of making. Puryear's exploration in abstract forms retain vestigial elements of utility from everyday objects found in the world. A form that reoccurs in Puryear's work is the hollow mass, a solid shape with qualities of uncertainty and emptiness.