A beforehand glance.


I was in Manhattan late last month to view MoMA’s Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32. Those of us waiting for the corresponding lecture were queued in a corner of the second floor, overlooking the main gallery where an installation of work by Martin Puryear was taking place. As much as I was focused on Soviet modernism, I was transfixed by what was going on below. Puryear’s art is gloriously accessible, with its use of traditional materials (mostly wood) and craftsmanship that evoke the elegantly functional Shaker style or that of Isamu Noguchi. Unfortunately for me, the show was opening days later, when I’d be back on the West Coast. Still, I’m grateful for the look I had. To read more about the exhibit and Puryear click here.

Posted by Kristine Langevin