Martin Puryear (American, b. 1941) is the United States representative to the 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice. With a sculptural practice that has influenced generations of artists, Puryear is recognized for a fiercely independent visual language of object making that has developed over a half-century. His 2007 retrospective was organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and toured to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. An exhibition of his drawings, Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions
, was organized by The Art Institute of Chicago and on view at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, at The Art Institute of Chicago, and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He has received many distinguished awards, including the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (1980), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant (1982), and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1989). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1992), was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University (1994), and received the National Medal of Arts (2011). Puryear lives and works in the Hudson Valley region of New York. His work resides in public and private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan. He is represented by Matthew Marks Gallery. He earned his B.A. from The Catholic University of America (1963), and his M.F.A. from Yale University (1971).