Art+Design Professor Michael Puryear, a furniture-maker, is featured in Inspired by China: Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions on exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City through October 28. The exhibition brings together 27 masterpieces of historic Chinese furniture with 27 pieces of contemporary studio furniture created specifically for this show. The Museum is located at 40 West 53rd Street. For more information, call 212-956-3535.
The 22 artists, from the United States, Canada, Japan and China, are each recognized for innovation in studio furniture, one of the hottest fields in contemporary design. Curators Nancy Berliner and Ned Cooke selected mature artists with track records for producing consistently strong works. Mr. Puryear is known for his simplicity in design that belies an underlying complexity. Influenced by Chinese, Japanese and African cultural tradition, he creates understated and graceful furniture.
His piece is a table and chair entitled “Wei Jinian Shifu” (For the Master), made of sycamore and wenge.