Maya Lin & Martin Puryear at the de Young Museum

Currently on view at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco are two new exhibitions by Art21 artists. The museum is presenting Maya Lin (Season 2) in Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes, as well as a new exhibition of prints by Martin Puryear (Season 2) titled Martin Puryear Prints.

Maya Lin, installation shot, 2008, courtesy of the de Young Museum

Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes is an exhibition of new work consisting of sculptures, drawings and installations. The exhibition continues the artist’s interest in fusing potent social messages with a reconsideration of the natural world through minimalist design.  Two new websites have been launched in support of the artist’s work. The deYoung Museum is presenting a day-by-day behind the scenes look at the installation of Systematic Landscapes, while the Lin has released a new portfolio website featuring her art, architecture and memorials.

Martin Puryear, Shoulders (State 2), etching, 2002, courtesy of Paulson Prints

Martin Puryear is perhaps best know for his objects and installations, however in the past several years the artist has returned in part to the art of printmaking. Martin Puryear Prints is supplementing a large retrospective of the artist’s sculpture, which opened on November 8th at SFMOMA. Puryear utilizes the medium to investigate his three dimensional forms before they are fully realized. The result is an array of stunningly graphic prints that stand alone as compelling images, while helping to inform the viewer about the artistic process for creating his objects. Paulson Press, a major lender to the exhibition at the deYoung, is the print shop which assisted in the creation of an ongoing series of etchings starting in 2001.