One Handed Stool
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Martin Puryear

One Handed Stool

Great sculptors have been making furniture for – well, as long as there have been great sculptors. Even so, it is a special opportunity to witness an artist of Martin Puryear’s magnitude apply his skills to functional form. It is not a great leap for him, arguably, as his suggestive abstract forms nearly always include some allusion to material culture. His One-Handed Stools, produced in a limited edition of 25 for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, are (again like almost all his work) deceptively simple. They are composed of five elements: a top, bottom, and central sphere hand-turned in soft pine, which are connected by two machine-turned, crisply edged joints made in hard maple. The shift in profile and material may not be immediately evident, but it bestows upon the object a subtle internal dichotomy. A hand-rubbed paint surface conveys a sense of gentle antiquity, which will only be enhanced with the further passage of time.

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Martin Puryear
Pine and maple with steel rod spine, lathe turned by hand, finished with hand painted milk paint in several color layers/patterns, and hand rubbed
Contributing Gallery
New Museum of Contemporary Art
4.75 diameter x 14.88 in.

Edition #5 of 25 with 10 artist’s proofs, numbered, dated, and signed by the artist. Proceeds benefit the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Produced by Lisa Ivorian-Jones for the New Museum of Contemporary Art.
Image credit: Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner
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