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Martin Puryear at Parasol Unit

David Cotton

The Foundation has recently approved a grant to bring the sculpture of Martin Puryear to Parasol unit in London, in what will be the first survey of the American artist in Europe for several decades.

Surveying forty years of Puryear’s career, taking in large-scale works in wood and metal to rarely seen prints, Parasol unit reveals his dedication to natural materials and exposes his highly personal, curvy formal vocabulary, somewhere between abstraction and figuration.

The exhibition will feature over twenty of Puryear’s works from the late 1970s to today, highlighting the impeccable hand-crafting skills he developed while travelling to Africa, Sweden and Japan, where he learned local craft traditions and wood-working techniques.

Born in 1941 in Washington, DC, Puryear studied biology before starting his artistic career. He studied arts in Stockholm and the USA, earning an MFA from Yale University in 1971.

Since Puryear's first solo exhibition in 1968, his sculpture has been exhibited worldwide, with public commissions in Europe, Asia, and the USA. He received prominent international art awards and had a retrospective at MoMA, New York in 2007.

Founded in December 2004, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is an educational charity and a non-profit institution that operates purely for public benefit. Admission to all exhibitions at Parasol unit is free of charge.

The Henry Moore Foundation has awarded £12,000 towards this exhibition and its associated catalogue.

Martin Puryear will run at Parasol unit in London, 19 September - 6 December 2017. For opening times and directions see www.parasol-unit.org

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