Browsing around, I saw this photo of Puryear's "FaceDown," a bronze he made in 2008. The look of it, the feeling I get from this haunts me.
In New York City's Madison Square Park, Martin Puryear's huge "Big Bling" has just been installed.
If you want more specifics (like the price) for these pieces, here's a list of what's at Smithsonian. In the Murray Hill section of Manhattan, you can see some of Puryear's drawings at the Morgan library.
I'm definitely impressed. What I see and read about Puryear's work makes me feel vulnerable, and quite small. I can't explain what any of these sculptures mean, but their size, the craft that must have been involved, the hugely dramatized, hugely exaggerated sense of reality that these sculptures convey connects to what I feel when I'm not working -- just walking, looking ahead, crossing a street, looking up -- even when I'm flagging down a taxi.
I'll say it again -- I feel small, unimportant, insignificant in a world surrounded by huge, every day huger things. This artist's art is expressing what I feel, and making me to feel that way more than ever.
This video seems to touch upon why this artist is more than a name for us to know.