Martin Puryear in the Bay Area

Martin Puryear, “Ad Astra”, 2007. PHOTO: Richard Barnes - Museum of Modern Art.

The traveling exhibition of sculptures by Season 2 artist Martin Puryear (organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York) has made its way to San Francisco. On view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through January 25, 2009, the retrospective exhibition charts the development of Puryear’s career over the last 30 years. The current presentation is coordinated by Alison Gass, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA.

Two works will be specially installed in SFMOMA’s Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Atrium: Ladder for Booker T. Washington (1996), and Ad Astra (2007), the 63-foot-tall sculpture pictured above, which incorporates an ash sapling of approximately 58 feet that is extended by a tapered limb. According to the Museum’s blog, Open Space, the Sol Lewitt Wall Drawings that have lived in the atrium for eight years were removed in part to make room for Puryear’s sculptures.

Everyday except Wednesdays, visitors can see Season 2 of Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century in the Koret Education Center on the second floor. Screenings begin at 4:30pm.