The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 18, 2018

Alien Huddle, 1993-1995

red cedar and pine, Overall: 134.6 x 162.5 x 134.6 cm (52 15/16 x 63 15/16 x 52 15/16 in.). Gift of Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro 2002.65

Organic in form and media, the free-standing sculpture Alien Huddle consists of three inter-connected spheres. Puryear's craftsmanship employs both the media in service of the form and elevates the properties of the media itself. The arrangement of planks enveloping each sphere heightens the volumetric nature of the sculpture. Trained as a furniture maker, Puryear attached the red cedar planks to the pine core without metal fixtures that would obscure the lush, unfinished wood surface.

Madrid, Spain. Fundación "la Caixa". "Martin Puryear" (11/15/97 - 1/11/98), exh. cat. no. 27, p. 100, color repr. 101 and cover.
Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (organizer): "Martin Puryear" (3/6/01 - 5/27/01); Miami, Florida. Miami Art Museum (6/22/01-8/19/01); Berkeley, California. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (9/12/ 01-1/13/02); Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines Art Center (2/2/02-4/14/02)
MOCA Cleveland (6/9/2006 - 8/20/2006): "The Persistence of Geometry: Form, Content and Culture in the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art", no. 136, p. 124, color repr. p. 95.
Museum of Modern Art (11/4/2007 - 1/14/2008), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2/24/2008 - 5/18/2008), and National Gallery of Art (6/22/2008 - 9/28/3008): "Martin Puryear, 1993-1995"

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