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Identification and Creation
Object Number
M26677
People
Martin Puryear, American (Washington D.C. born 1941)
Paulson Fontaine Press
Title
Shoulders
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
2002
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/17864
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Softground etching on chine collé
Technique
Softground etching
Dimensions
plate: 45.3 x 60.6 cm (17 13/16 x 23 7/8 in.)
sheet: 73.3 x 86 cm (28 7/8 x 33 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l. in graphite pencil: 3/25; l.r. in graphite pencil: M. Puryear 2002
  • chop: lower right corner of sheet
  • inscription: lower margin, graphite pencil, in artist's hand: 3/25 M. Puryear 2002
Provenance
[Paulson Press, Berkeley, California], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, December 15, 2006.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Edition
3/25
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
© Martin Puryear, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
Accession Year
2005
Object Number
M26677
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Commentary
Martin Puryear is known primarily for his large-scale wood, wire, and tar sculptures. They usually look fastidiously hand crafted, as do the forms apparent in this softground etching by the artist. The shape of "Shoulders" suggests a yoke or the frame of a bed, but because the form exists against an undefined background, it is impossible to identify the object depicted. Like Puryear's sculpture, it reminds the viewer of something else but doesn't offer the satisfaction of identification, thereby throwing into question the viewer's relationship to the depicted object.

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