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The Charm of Subsistence

Artist
Martin Puryear, American, born 1941
Date
1989
Material
Rattan and gumwood
Associated with
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
84 5/8 x 66 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (214.9 x 168.9 x 26.7 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by the Shoenberg Foundation, Inc.
Rights
© Martin Puryear, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
Object Number
105:1989
NOTES
Martin Puryear created this work by weaving heavy rattan and building the sculpture up from its wooden base. From 1964 to 1966, Puryear spent two years with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he was exposed to the Indigenous craft traditions of a pre-industrial society. In his subsequent sculptures, the artist drew inspiration from the buildings and shelters of this country.
1989
Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

1989 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Donald Young Gallery [1]


Notes:
[1] Minutes of the Collections Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees, September 7, 1989.
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