(American, b. 1941)
Red cedar and pine
Overall: 134.6 x 162.5 x 134.6 cm (53 x 64 x 53 in.)
Gift of Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro 2002.65
© Martin Puryear
Puryear seamlessly attached red cedar planks to the pine core without metal fixtures, a skill attributed to his training in furniture making, joinery, and woodworking.
With its bulbous joined spheres made of pine and cedar, Alien Huddle reveals the close relationship between organic form and material that is emblematic of Martin Puryear's sculpture. A great breadth of aesthetic traditions informs his work, including modernist abstraction, Indigenous African crafts, boat building, and recent technology. Puryear brings these together to create a distinctive body of abstract work animated by cultural, social, and historical references.
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