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Martin Puryear: Lookout
April 30, 2024
Martin Puryear: Lookout
About Project

Over his influential 50-year career, renowned American sculptor Martin Puryear has created powerful, enigmatic sculptural works that draw from diverse aesthetic traditions. His abstracted organic forms, made by hand, explore concepts of identity, history, and humanity’s relationship to nature.

“Martin Puryear: Lookout” provides an intimate behind-the-scenes look as the acclaimed artist constructs his latest monumental sculpture commissioned for Storm King Art Center. The 20-foot high rounded structure is Puryear’s first work made primarily from brick. The film documents every stage of the complex process from initial models and schematics through the final engineering and construction on-site at Storm King.

Puryear, his assistants, engineers, and the Storm King curators offer insights throughout, as the ordinary material of brick is transformed into a profoundly evocative piece that engages with the landscape. Born in Washington D.C. in 1941, Puryear is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant and National Medal of Arts who represented the U.S. at the 2019 Venice Biennale. With rare access, the film intimately portrays one of America’s most influential living artists.

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