The Easel

Liberty, democracy and the art of Martin Puryear

Puryear’s work has been called craftsmanly. That’s not craftsmanship in a contemporary sense but something from a past era when wood was an industrial material. His show in Venice – where he represents the USA – is in his characteristic style, abstract pieces that are modern but somehow carry historic overtones. “One of the most subtle and powerful shows of the Biennale.”